Why You Should Avoid This Plant
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is warning people about wild parsnip. It's found all around southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa. The plant grows to be about 4 feet tall and has yellow flowers. Avoid contact with it unless you enjoy rashes and blisters!
If you have some wild parsnip located on your property and want to remove it, wear long sleeves and gloves and pull it from the root. Do not allow it to come into contact with your skin. The Minnesota DNR warns that "the juice from the plant in the presence of sunlight will cause a rash, blistering, and discoloration of the skin." The Minnesota Poison Center says exposure to wild parsnip can cause years of photo-sensitivity to sunlight.
If you do come in to contact with the plant wash your skin immediately and seek medical attention if necessary.
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