Giant Hogweed is an invasive species.

It's being called the horror plant and its spreading all over western New York according to the DEC.

Giant Hogweed is an invasive species.

Contact with it can cause painful burns, permanent scarring and even blindness.

It can also destroy plants it comes into contact with.

Giant Hogweed's most obvious feature is its staggering height.

The other features are the white flowers at its top.

The DEC says the plant is more prominent in the western New York region.

If exposed, wash the affected area thoroughly with soap and cold water as soon as possible.