Wild Parsnip

Pastinaca sativa

Summary 3

The parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) is a root vegetable closely related to the carrot and parsley. It is a biennial plant usually grown as an annual. Its long, tuberous root has cream-colored skin and flesh; and left in the ground to mature, it becomes sweeter in flavor after winter frosts. In its first growing season, the plant has a rosette of pinnate, mid-green leaves. If unharvested, it produces its flowering stem, topped by an umbel of small...

How to recognize it? 4

Celery-like symmetrical leaflets. Deep vertical grooves on stem. Tall, yellow, flat umbel flower clusters. Leaves consist of 2 to 5 leaflet
pairs and one on the end. Grow to 1.5 m (4.9 ft).

Native lookalike: Cow Parsnip (white flowers) https://inaturalist.ca/taxa/53094-Heracleum-maximum

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  1. (c) Mark Nenadov, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), uploaded by Mark Nenadov
  2. (c) H. Zell, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Pastinaca_sativa_003.JPG
  3. Adapted by bioblitzbanff from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pastinaca_sativa
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