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Iowa residents warned to avoid poisonous wild parsnip
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Iowa residents warned to avoid poisonous wild parsnip

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowans are being warned to watch out for those plants on the side of the road with lacy yellow flowers.

Des Moines television station KCCI reports (http://bit.ly/292b0rP ) that large patches of wild parsnip are growing now across the state. Also known as poison parsnip, the plant looks like a dill plant or Queen Anne's lace. It is yellow and grows about four feet tall.

The plant is native to Eurasia and related to the carrot family. It has a sap that contains chemicals that can cause rashes, blisters, burning and itching when exposed to sunlight.

The rash can hurt for weeks and scars may remain for many years.

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Information from: KCCI-TV, http://www.kcci.com


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