When you think of sap, you probably think of the sweet nectar of the maple gods otherwise known as maple syrup. But there’s sap in a lot of different plants, and it’s not all delicious. Weeds have juices coursing through their veins, and a couple of types are capable of causing some pretty severe burns to your supple human skin.
Wild Parsnip and Giant Hogweed are two such weeds that you should be looking out for, because they’re much more common than you think. According to a report on CTV News, the wild parsnip is creeping its way into urban environments more and more, due to urban sprawl. And as it turns out, once the stem of either of these weeds is broken, that’s when the sap oozes out. And once that sap meets flesh and then is exposed to UV rays, you can expect something called phytophotodermatitis, which looks like …
WARNING: images below are real and graphic and indicative of what could happen if you don’t wash your hands with soap and water after touching these weeds (note: this also applies to lime juice dripping on your skin, believe it or not). If you don’t want to look at pictures, watch the video above to find out more about the dangers that might be lurking in your own garden.
Okay, so it looks like this:
It’s not a laughing matter, guys
Because this is not fun for anyone…
Do you really want this happening to you?