Wild Parsnip

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And yet another invasive plant!

Beaver Island Phragmites Control

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Wild Parsnip, like many of our invasive plants, looks harmless enough.

It is an herbaceous (not woody) plant that grows about four feet tall in the full sun of fields and road-sides.

Wild Parsnip is a member of the carrot family, and has a long, thick and edible taproot.

The thick, ribbed stems look a bit like celery.

The compound leaves (many leaflets on a stalk) give it an airy, ferny aspect.

Yellow flowers, produced in July and August, grow in an umbel (think umbrella-shaped),and are similar in appearance to Dill, or Queen Anne’s Lace.

Quite pretty,actually.

Wild Parsnip is also a little bit famous.

It is listed, in some states, as a Prohibited Noxious Weed.

It was featured, last year, on a CBS News broadcast titled, Poisonous Plants Like Wild Parsnip Could Spoil Your Summer.

Not only does wild parsnip have all of the usual oh-so-annoying features of an…

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About cindyricksgers

I am an artist. I live on an island in northern Lake Michigan, USA. I have two grown daughters, four strong, smart and handsome grandsons and one beautiful, intelligent and charming granddaughter. I live with two spoiled dogs. I love walking in the woods around my home, reading, writing and playing in my studio.

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  1. It even grows all the way down here! Someone brought it in to the plant clinic last Monday, and I was quite surprised by it in zone 10! I saw it all the time near our summer house in Ma. but didn’t realize it grew here til last week!

    • Oh, I guess that surprises me, too, Karen! It amazes me, the resilience some of these invasive species have, when introduced to new territory. Thank you for reading, and for your comments!

  2. Cindy, wow I love those prints. I have sadly neglected my artwork lately, finding myself busy on the computer in Illustrator rather than illustrating. Must get back to it.

    You must live in a very interesting place, I think. It intrigues me the thought of living on an island, being somewhat of a solitary sole myself.

    • Thank you for these thoughts! Artwork is not only the first thing to be cut in schools, but in our own lives as well, when other things get in the way. It’s a shame.
      Beaver Island is definitely interesting, and suits me just fine most of the time.
      Thank you for reading, and for your comments!

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