Wild Parsnip Spreads Aggressively Through the State

May 18, 2017 08:23 PM

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says a weed that can cause chemical burns is spreading throughout the state aggressively.

Wild parsnip is most common in southern Minnesota, but the DNR says it is popping up in the Twin Cities. The plant is common along roadsides and has a yellow flower.

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The plant's sap can cause severe burns for those who have made contact with with the plant.

"If you get that sap on your skin and your skin is exposed to sunlight, you can get a chemical burn from that wild parsnip sap," Laura Van Riper, with the DNR, said.

Van Riper said to avoid walking through areas with the plant in shorts. She also advised people do not try to remove the plant.

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