Wild U.P. invasive perennial causes burns, blisters, USDA warns

GLADSTONE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service is issuing a warning about wild parsnip.

A perennial, with three to five foot tall stems, is becoming more common in the Upper Peninsula.

If you touch it and are exposed to U.V. light you can end up with serious burns, blisters and rashes.

If you need more information on wild parsnip, call your local Forest Service botanist at 906-387-2512 ext. 20 or 906-643-7900.