Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca)


(Pastinaca sativa)
WildParsnipInFieldWild Parsnip in Field
Wild parsnip typically lives for two to three years. The first year, as a spindly rosette of leaves, it keeps fairly low to the ground while plants establish the carrot like tap root. The plant may live up two years this way until conditions become right for flowering, Then a hollow grooved flower stalk rises 2 to 5 feet high, first holding clusters of yellow flowers and later dozens of flat seeds. The leaves are pinnately compound, with a main stem and 5 to 15 leaflets. Yellow flowers are in a flat topped, umbrella like cluster at the top of the flower stalk. The Wild Parsnip rosettes are among the first to turn green in the spring with its flowers turning yellow in midsummer. After Flowering and going to seed, the plants die and turn brown in the fall, bur the first year rosettes will remain green until the frost.

WildParsnipFlowerCloseupWild Parsnip Flower Bloom

In North America, scattered wild parsnip populations are found from British Columbia to California, and from Ontario to Florida. Typically found along roadsides, abandoned fields, fence rows, unmowed pastures, railroad right-of-ways open grasslands and prairie restorations.
Toxic Principle:

Furocoumarins that can make the skin sensitive to light. Little is known, however, about the concentration of these chemicals and whether it varies during the life cycle of the plant.
Poisoning Symptoms include:
Sap containing chemicals that can cause skin to react to sunlight, resulting in intense burns, rashes or blisters.


 Lone Star English Setter Club provides this information
as a partial reference of the potential poisons that could harm your dog.
We are not veterinarian’s and DO NOT provide medical help.

If you think that your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance,
contact your local veterinarian or
the ASPCA’s 24-hour emergency poisoning hotline directly