Wild Parsnip

Pastinaca sativa

Wild parsnip is a herbaceous native to Europe and Asia. It was first brought to North America by settlers who cultivated this plant for its tuberous root. Similar to related species such as giant hogweed and other members of the carrot family, this plant produces a toxic chemical which can cause serious burns when it makes contact with exposed skin.

Due to wild parsnip’s ability to cause adverse impacts to human health, local native species diversity and reduce health of livestock, dealing with this invasive species early is critical to successful management.

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