Contact with this plant can cause skin to become photosensitive; exposure to sunlight can cause severe blistering.

Yet another invasive, exotic plant... but this one with direct health consequences for humans. I don't know if it has health consequences for other animals, I'll be researching that.


When I was a kid, I don't remember seeing this growing by the roadside. Now, its growing by the roadside everywhere I look. It's even started to creep into the edges of our woods. I'm planning on digging up roots and properly disposing of the plant, roots and all, before it sets seed.

Here's how it looks its first year:


More photos here.

Factsheet on wild parsnip, including tips on mechanical and chemical control, as well as how to differentiate it from Prairie Parsley (Polytaenia nuttallii), which is on the endangered list in Wisonsin.

It's very important to be fully covered when eradicating this plant. Long sleeves, long pants, and gloves should be worn when destroying it.

Here's a map of US states and territories infested with wild parsnip.

Tags: health hazards, invasive exotic plants, wild parsnip

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Nasty plant! I'm not even that crazy about tame parsnip.

My flower beds have been invaded by tame parsley. If I had the time and ambition earlier this year, I could have made a huge amount of tabouli. Such a waste....

Enough free-associating. Thanks for the warning.
Heh. Parsley is good butterfly caterpillar food... can't remember which ones. Hopefully you can feel happy that even if you didn't eat the parsley, you made some butterfly habitat.

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