Wild parsnip


Hazard Information

Route: Skin     Plant Part: Sap

Scale: Low

Causes reddening, stinging, fluid filled blisters occurring within 24 hours of contact.




Common Name(s)

Wild Parsnip

Latin Name

Pastinaca sativa


Monocarpic perennial herbaceous plant (plant spends one or more years in rosette stage, blooms under favourable conditions, and then dies), 6" high in the rosette stage and 4' high on stout, grooved stems in the flowering stage.


Skin irritant and poisonous.


Can cause injury to the skin, contact with the sap of this plant can result in reddening, stinging and fluid filled blisters which usually occur within 24 hours of contact. The hollow stems are an attraction to children for use as a "pea shooter".

Flowering Period

June - Late Summer.


Roadsides, railway embankments, riversides, hedges and fields.

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