Friday, July 6, 2012

Evil Beauty Revisited! Wild Parsnip!


A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings,
and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.
                     Hippocrates


I was going to title this post; The Weed Won!

For all of you who have been reading my blog for a while this is a reminder, and for everyone else this is a warning. You can read about my brush with this Evil Beauty here. http://ravenhush.blogspot.ca/2011/01/evil-beauty.html

I post these photos so you can identify this plant.

Just about this time of year a couple of years back I experienced something that terrified me like nothing ever had before. I was reminded of this the other day while closing a gate and I accidently fell on to this weed, this evil plant I must say is growing everywhere. It seems to be more plentiful this year. I immediately jumped back in the tractor and raced up to the house and bolted to a hot shower and lots of soap hoping to get all the sap off of my skin. The sun is shining today and I am not feeling the pins and needles so I think I am OK but I am still scared or should I say terrified. Always wondering if this will be the time again.

The encounter with this weed a couple of years ago has continued to change my life. I have not planted a garden this year as I was afraid to go in it after finding this weed all through it. I love gardening but honestly I love my sight and cannot possibly go through that horror again. This may be an irrational fear but it is my fear and I am dealing with it the best way I know how.


I dropped in on a friend today and was told he had burns on his ear and arm from this weed. I was so upset thinking someone else had to go through this. This weed continues to flourish along every road way here in my part of Ontario and it is now going to seed, meaning there will be more of it growing next year.
I will make it my mission to spread the news about this Evil beauty called Wild Parsnip till everyone knows what it is and the roadways will again be free of this horrible plant.

Be safe; if you come in contact with this weed immediately go and wash with warm soapy water to remove the sap. Do not try to remove any plants without total body and face coverage. I do not want anyone else avoiding the things in their life that they enjoy just because they are afraid of a weed.


These may not be perfect photos as it is just like me trying to photograph a Grizzly bear, yes I am that afraid of it.

Still not sure what it looks like or how to handle exposure then check out these sites I found.

http://www.veronacommunity.on.ca/misc/parsnips.shtml


Later.

28 comments:

  1. I am so glad you posted this. I must have missed the first post on it and I would never have known this about it. The leaves look like parsley and the umbels look like dill or fennel. I grow a lot of herbs and how easily this plant could be mistaken for something efible. Scary!

    Cindy Bee

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  2. That was supposed to be edible not efible! Posting from my phone.

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  3. I'll certainly keep my eyes open for that one.

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  4. I'm not sure we have those here. Plenty of poison ivy around. I'm not very sensitive to it, fortunately, but my husband can look at poison ivy and get welts.

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  5. I have seen this nasty plant at on many roadsides this year. I'm so sorry you have had a serious encounter with it!

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  6. I have never seen anything like this before. Very frightening.

    I am your newest follower. I hope you will visit my site.

    Beth

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  7. How terrible! I had no idea. I am so sorry you had such a terrible encounter with it. I will have to see if we have it in MN. Thank you for the valuable information.

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  8. Goodness me, how time flies, that dreaded weed again. I remember your encounters with this weed...take care my frined..M xoxox

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  9. Thanks for the reminder! Our patch expanded this year from 2 to about 40 so I sprayed the heck out of it and will do so again! Dogs can also go blind if in contact with this. Dangerous for everyone and abundant this year here in eastern Ontario

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  10. I walk nearly everyday and have noticed it even along the sidewalks near open fields here in the city. Thank you for once again putting out the reminder of this horrible and destructive weed.

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  11. I'm not familiar with this horrible weed...it sounds just awful!

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  12. oh my goodness! that's terrible! read your first post - that is some toxic stuff!

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  13. That sounds so much worse than poison ivy. Good for you to be spreading the word. Too nice of a name if you ask me.

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  14. Carmel BlackettJuly 06, 2012 4:05 PM

    Hello there, I too am a wild parsnip survivor ... although only in my lower extremities. Last August long weekend, I cut grass in our own lawn and inadvertently cut some wild parsnip. I didn't know. Came in to make the kids some lunch, then went back out, change socks I am thinking and continued to cut. The lawn was slightly overgrown because we had been in England for a couple of weeks. I had spots on my legs but although they were itchy, I did not think anything of them, bug bites I thought. On the 29th of August, I went to a waterpark in the sun and the water all day with our kids and by the next day, every bit of my skin on both feet and ankles and up my legs the length of a pair of socks was covered with blisters. It was a nightmare and so very inconvenient and annoying as well as the usual itch and burn and discomfort. I am a school teacher and could not return to work until October when most of my 75 blisters had gone, 10 weeks after I first shared a space with this invasive plant. When I did go back to school, I wore a pair of CROCS with the upper area cut off so basically I was sliding along the floor rather than walking. To this day, the skin on my feet is still tender and sensitive to the sun. I am paranoid now and try to inform and educate every one I see. We have 2 children and they are terrified to go outside to play because it is lining the side road that we live on and many other adjacent roads. I will continue to read your posts and feel a little less alone fighting this thing. I believe in going green but I think we should consider a good dose of pesticide throughout the countryside roadsides and get it over with. Every one of those pretty yellow flowers is going to create a bunch more and we will continue to find it invading our properties. Yesterday I spoke to the Weed Inspector for our region and within an hour, there was a township truck, cutting down the sides of the road but unfortunately, the cutting blade only goes 3 or 4 feet into the ditches and the parsnip grows in droves throughout the entire fields. Take care Buttons ... I am with you on this one. Carmel

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  15. I went to read your other post and my goodness that was scary. Amazing what a simple weed can do to you. No wonder you are worried about it - I would be too!!!

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  16. I read your original post...what a nightmare! I look on Google to see if it was growing in my area, currently it is in about six counties in our state. I probably wouldn't give that plant a second thought.. I will now!

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  17. I never heard of this weed before. I went back and read about your initial encounter and that must have been so terrifying. I have to check and see if we have it here, I don't think we do. Thanks for raising awareness of this evil weed.

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  18. Thank you for sharing this information Buttons; what a terrifying thing to have happen! Methinks I'll need to do some research of my own and see if it grows around here.

    *hugs*

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  19. holy cow! i'd never heard of such a plant! we've been inundated with more and more garlic mustard every year, but for annoying as it is, you can at least pull it up with your hands and bag it. this is a whole different can of worms.

    thanks for sharing.

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  20. I remember your earlier posts about this terrible weed B. I don't blame you for having a healthy fear of it. Definitely a case for a large scale poisoning programme.
    Keep safe :D) xx

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  21. I had no idea -- I don't know if we have this around the farm, but I'll keep my eye out! Wow!

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  22. Thank you for sharing the information. It is always good to be educated, just in case ;)

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  23. I've never seen nor heard of this plant- I hope not to ever encounter it. Thanks for sharing!

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  24. I went back to read your first post and couldn't believe that something so pretty could do that to you! I will have to say you are stubborn like some in my family about not wanting to go to the doctor and taking medicine! lol You better not do that again! I will have to do some research to make sure that plant is not in my state of West Virginia because we live in the country and I think it would grow like crazy around here should it get here at my house.

    Have you done any research into finding a cure or a home remedy for it? Would weed killer kill it? I hate it that your kids are afraid to go outside. My kids love being outside and that would just kill my kids to not be able to be outside.

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  25. I'm not sure if we have this plant over here. Those burns sound nasty.

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  26. yikes! THAT'S pretty scary!!

    luckily...for me...poison ivy & other similar plants have never bothered me at all, but i've never run into THAT one...literally...and i hope i never do. thanks for the warning!

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  27. I had no idea these weeds were so scary! I'll be watching for them from now on.

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