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Warning about wild parsnips

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A warning about a dangerous plant that's spreading throughout the region-- wild parsnip.

You can identify wild parsnip by its yellow, umbrella-like flowers, and lower leaves that look like parsnip leaves. While the plant is pretty to look at, it can hurt you.

"The dilemma is that the juice inside this plant, on the leaves, on the stems, when it gets into your skin it doesn't make a welt like poison ivy. It gets on there and then when sunlight hits it, it's a photo-sensitive chemical, and it burns you like a chemical burn," explained Jeff Carter, an agronomist with UVM Extension.

So, it's best not to touch the plant. But if you do attempt to get rid of it, use gloves. If the plant's juices get on your skin, wash the affected area and keep that skin covered for a few days.

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