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Wild Parsnips Pastinaca sativa

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Elaphoboscum sativum
Phonetic Spelling
pas-TIN-ih-kah sa-TEE-vah
This plant has medium severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Parsnip is a cool season vegetable with edible roots.  It is a coarse plant with hollow, ribbed stems; leaves alternate, clasping, 1-pinnately divided and the leaflets toothed or lobed

 

See this plant in the following landscape:
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#cool season vegetable
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#cool season vegetable
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Pastinaca
    Species:
    sativa
    Family:
    Apiaceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Europe
    Distribution:
    Throughout
    Edibility:
    The fleshy taproot from first-year plants is edible, either raw or as a cooked vegetable.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Poisonous
    Vegetable
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Description:
    fruit elongated, dry
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    flowers small in umbrella-shaped cluster
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    Poison Severity:
    Medium
    Poison Symptoms:
    Skin irritation and rash after contact with cell sap and in the light
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Furanocoumarin
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    Yes
    Poison Part:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Sap/Juice
    Seeds
    Stems