It's commonly found along roadsides, trails and pastures throughout the state, and it’s especially a problem for us here in southeastern Minnesota and northeastern Iowa.

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Wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) blooms from June to July and its yellow flowers are large and flat-topped.

If you happen to 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.

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, if it does, it can cause severe rashes, painful blisters, and discoloration of skin that can last for years.

Those who get wild parsnip sap on their skin are told to avoid exposure to sunlight, immediately wash the skin with soap and water, and to seek medical attention.

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