Virginia teen landscaper suffers third degree burns from invasive hogweed plant

Posted at 8:20 AM, Jul 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-16 09:32:33-04

FREDERICKSBURG, VA (AP) --  A teenager is recovering after being badly burned by a dangerous plant in Richmond, Virginia.

17-year-old Alex Childress encountered the giant hogweed plantTuesday while working a summer landscaping job. The invasive plant contains a dangerous sap that can cause burns, blisters and even blindness. 

Childress was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was treated and released Thursday for third-degree burns on his face and arms. 

Hogweed plants can grow up to 15 feet tall and have been spotted in states across the country -- including Wisconsin.

For more information on Hogweed plant spottings in Wisconsin, visit the Wisconsin DNR's website.