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Wild parsnip

From the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Minnesota Noxious Weed Program

A path cuts through a large wild parsnip infestation
A path cuts through wild parsnip. Photo: Minn Dept of Ag
Wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa), is a toxic plant with an edible root. Native to Eurasia, it escaped cultivation and is commonly found throughout Minnesota and North America. Wild parsnip is a member of the carrot family. It produces a sap that can cause blistering, swelling, and discoloration of the skin when in the presence of sunlight. Protective clothing should be worn when working with this plant. Animals, including livestock, can also be burned by the sap in combination with sunlight. Read more...




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