Department of Energy Argonne National Laboratory Office of Science NEWTON's Homepage NEWTON's Homepage
NEWTON, Ask A Scientist!
NEWTON Home Page NEWTON Teachers Visit Our Archives Ask A Question How To Ask A Question Question of the Week Our Expert Scientists Volunteer at NEWTON! Frequently Asked Questions Referencing NEWTON About NEWTON About Ask A Scientist Education At Argonne Wild Parsnips Edibility
Name: Lynda S. P.
Status: educator
Age: 50s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: Tuesday, May 07, 2002

Are wild parsnips edible?

Wild parsnip - Pastinaca sativa - is, according to the Newcomb Wilflower Guide, "the wild state of the cultivated parsnip." Does this mean it is edible? I do not know. A caution: "under certain conditions the handling of the foliage can cause severe dermatitis with some individuals." Swink and Wilhelm, Plants of the Chicago Region.

J. Elliott

Click here to return to the Botany Archives

NEWTON is an electronic community for Science, Math, and Computer Science K-12 Educators, sponsored and operated by Argonne National Laboratory's Educational Programs, Andrew Skipor, Ph.D., Head of Educational Programs.

For assistance with NEWTON contact a System Operator (, or at Argonne's Educational Programs

Educational Programs
Building 360
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, Illinois
60439-4845, USA
Update: June 2012
Weclome To Newton

Argonne National Laboratory