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Invasive weed found near roadsides can lead to burns

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Durand (WQOW) - You can find it along most road sides and open fields but if you get too close it can leave you with a nasty burn

A local invasive species group is warning you to watch out for Wild Parsnip.

It's a weed that likes open sunny locations the same places the hiker and bikers like to go. Don't let the pretty yellow flowers fool you this pesky plant packs a punch, both for the environment and your skin.

"It can take over habitat for wildlife and other native species,” said Chase Cummings Pepin County’s land conservationist. “It also has what’s called Phytophotodermatitis, what that is, is if you were to get the oil on your skin it reacts with sunlight and it blisters and causes a rash on any part of the skin that was exposed.”

While the root of the plant is edible, the stem and leaves are what can cause the burns. Herbicides, timely mowing, as well as digging the plant up are all ways to get rid of it.

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