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Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa L.)

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Wild Parsnip
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An introduced perennial, from which cultivated parsnips are derived. Established across North America and invasive in the northeast and Midwest.

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Introduced or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.

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Found in moist to mesic, sunny conditions, usually in fertile, loamy soil. Found in both anthropogenic and natural habitats; in the east it is more common in anthropogenic habitats, mainly meadows, pastures, and other fields, as well as disturbed ground along roadsides and railroad tracks, vacant lots, and waste areas. In the Midwest it is also able to invade black soil prairies and savannas with rich soil.

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