Wild parsnip, drug also known as poison parsnip, is a member of the carrot/parsley family. It grows a low, spindly rosette of leaves . The plant can form dense stands and spreads quickly in disturbed areas such as abandoned yards, waste dumps, meadows, open fields, roadsides and railway embankments. Its seeds are easily dispersed by wind and water, and on mowing or other equipment.
Like giant Hog Weed and other members of the carrot family, it produces sap containing chemicals that can cause human skin to react to sunlight, resulting in intense burns, rashes or blisters. Be very careful when trimming and using a bushhog. This invasive plant has invaded eastern Ontario and is moving to our area.
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