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Wild Parsnip

Pastinaca sativa L.

  • Image: broadleaf Plantain
  • Image: broadleaf Plantain
  • Image: broadleaf Plantain

Found in:

  • Prairie plantings


  • Short-lived perennial (monocarpic perennial)
  • All parts of the plant are aromatic
  • Fern-like leaves grow as a basal rosette for one or more years before flowering
  • Leaves arise alternately along stem
  • Flowering, upright stems grow 4-5’tall
  • Each stem has multiple bunches of small, bright yellow flowers
  • Taproot is deep and fleshy


Plants that look similar:

  • Tansy
  • Wild Carrot
  • Poison Hemlock
  • Queen Ann’s Lace

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