Wild Parsnip-nasty stuff in your garden, on the road

Wild parsnip, is a plant that grows along the side of roadways and in open areas, including gardens.  It probably looks familiar.

It causes “phyto-photodermatitis:” Its sap plus sunlight will make your skin redden and blister.  One client employee told me recently he thought he had gotten into poison ivy– but it was parsip.  He ended up with rashes and blisters, needing medical treatment.

Mn/DOT has a brochure on wild parsnip, including pictures of the plant in different seasons, at http://www.dot.state.mn.us/adopt/files/WildParsnip%20IIII_1.pdf

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