wild parsnip


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giant hogweed

giant hogweed

Grows up to 17 feet high. Do not touch! Blisters skin, long-lasting scars, and—if it comes in contact with eyes—blindness. Numerous white flowers clustered in an umbrella-shaped head that is up to 80 centimetres (31 in) in diameter across its flat top. Dark reddish-purple stem and spotted leaf stalks that are hollow and produce sturdy bristles. Giant Hogweed is a photo-toxic plant. Its sap can cause phytophotodermatitis (severe skin inflammations) when the skin is exposed to sunlight or to UV-rays. Initially the skin turns red and starts itching. Then blisters form as it burns within 48 hours. They form black or purplish scars that can last several years. Protective clothing, including eye protection, should be worn when handling or digging it. If skin is exposed, the affected area should be washed thoroughly with soap and water and the exposed skin protected from the sun for several days. Also called Giant Cow Parsley, but not the same as common, much smaller cow parsley, which is edible.

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edible angelica

edible angelica

Grows up to 6ft (2m). Depending on the variety, flowers range from pale lavender-blue to deep rose and have a licorice-celery-like flavor. Use seeds, stems, young leaves and shoots. Leaves used in salads or tea. Stems can be eaten raw. Has stimulating effects on digestive system. Helps relieve indigestion, gas, colic, heartburn. Helps cough up phlegm and relieve bronchitis. Used for colds, respiratory system, liver, strengthening heart, increasing circulation and energy, antibacterial, anti-fungal, hepatitis, . Dried root powder used for athlete’s foot, insecticide. Take in moderation because it might cause dermatitis. It thins blood, so don’t take it if you are on anticoagulants. Promotes menstruation. Do not take if pregnant or diabetic. WARNING- DO NOT CONFUSE WITH POISON HEMLOCK AND GIANT HOGWEED! They look similar. Look at the leaves.
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Wild parsnip is a facultative biennial common in disturbed areas throughout North America (Thompson, 1978).
In central Illinois, wild parsnip flowers are frequently visited by dipterans from at least nine families, several coleopterans and a few hymenopterans; no nocturnal or noninsect visitors were observed (Lohman, pers.
Three wild parsnip plants, each with four male secondary umbels positioned on the same horizontal plane, were selected for observation.
Native to southern and central Europe, wild parsnip is believed to have been brought to North America as either a root crop by colonists as early as the 1600s, or as an accidental transplant with an immigrant.
Like wild parsnip, the sap from giant hogweed combines with sunlight and perspiration to cause phytophotodermatitis.
If you encounter wild parsnip or giant hogweed, make sure you avoid skin contact with either plant.
Ever since it escaped from colonial gardens hundreds of years ago, the wild parsnip has been waiting patiently to be noticed by those who let it loose.
In these places, and surely many more which I have not seen, one is likely to spot wild parsnips along any rural road, often thousands of them per mile.
Wild parsnips are apt to be more difficult to dig than those in a garden, since they are mixed with competing weeds on untilled ground.