WARNING: Invasive Weed (Wild Parsnip)

A weed that has become a nuisance is Wild Parsnip, which grows along roadsides and abandoned fields. Wild Parsnip looks similar to Queen Anne’s Lace, but produces a sap that burns skin in sunlight, and causes rashes and blisters. To control this weed you can hand pull the plant, mow or cut the base of the flowering stem. Wild Parsnip does not like shade, so remove this weed on cloudy days!

If you notice this weed, make sure to wear clothing that protects all of your skin as well as protective eyewear upon removal. To help prevent further spreading of this weed, bring the plant to a waste facility and treat it as trash than plant material. Make sure to wash your skin multiple times!!!