Wild Parsnip

(Pastinaca sativa)

General description:

Herbaceous, monocarpic perennial. Grows as a rosette with upright leaves, persisting for at least 1 year. Flowering stems are stout, hollow, grooved, and up to 5’ tall.

Ecological threat:

  • Invades prairies, oak savannas, and fens as well as roadsides, old fields, and pastures.
  • Broad habitat tolerance; grows in dry, mesic, or wet habitats, but it does not grow in shaded areas.

CAUTION: When sap contacts skin in the presence of sunlight, it can cause severe rashes, blisters, and discoloration of the skin (phytophotodermatitis). Wear gloves, long sleeves, and long pants when handling.

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