Weed of the Month: Wild Parsnip
Common name: Wild parsnip
Scientific name: Pastinaca sativa L.

Life Cycle: Biennial
Origin: Eurasia
Poisonous: Yes (foliage), skin photosensitivity

Wild parsnip is distributed widely across the United States and Canadian Provinces and frequently grows along fencerows and roadsides. Depending on the location, seeds germinate in the fall or early spring and plants flower from June through July.

Flowers are yellow or yellow with reddish tinge. This erect, growing plant

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