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Weeds to Watch - Wild Parsnips

Wild parsnips along a roadside

Wild parsnips (Pastinaca sativa) is a weed to watch and control in Meeker and McLeod Counties. Plants are primarily found along the edges of fields, ditches, and areas that are not in crop production. There can be concerns if hay is made with these plants due to their toxicity when ingested. The plant can also cause phytophotodermatitis, which is a light sensitive reaction on your skin. Be sure not to touch these plants unless you have gloves and protective clothing on to protect your skin. Plants are 4 to 5 feet tall with clusters of yellow-green flowers on the thick stem. Learn more about wild parsnips:


Nathan Winter
Program Leader, Ag, Food & Natural Resource
(320) 583-2257
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