It is a plant which is not only an invasive species but a danger to those who come into contact with it.

Wild parsnip is being spotted in areas across the province, including here in the southeast. It has been seen most frequently along Highway 48, between Vibank and Kipling. The noxious weed, which has been seen in the province since at least 2010, is considered to be extremely dangerous when a person comes into contact with it thanks to the oils it produces.

“Getting any of the plant juices on their skin, that will sensitize their skin to sunlight, which will result in very severe sunburns,” explained Chet Neufeld, the executive director of the Native Plant Society of Saskatchewan. The oils can also cause blisters and burns on the skin.

There is the added danger of the oils coming into contact with the mucous membranes, as well as the eyes. Wild parsnip can cause blindness.

Neufeld described the plant as appearing similar to dill. The yellow flowers create a distinct flat top appearance, which can be visible from the highway. It prefers environments which have a lot of disturbance, such as ditches alongside highways, which is why it is being seen adjacent to Highway 48.

It is recommended if you see the plant to call the weed inspector for the rural municipality you are in.

If you happen to come into contact with the plant, Neufeld recommends washing the affected skin with soap and water and seeking medical attention.

More Local News

The EPS Make One Arrest for Assault Last Night

The Estevan Police Service was busy making the rounds last night, The intense hockey game kept most peoples attention for the night however there were a few incidents of note. Sgt.Tyler McMillan.…

Saskatchewan's Population On The Rise

The population in Saskatchewan is on the rise and has been since at least 2007. The population grew by 11,459 people in 2018 to 1,168,423 according to new figures released by Statistics Canada. The…

100 Kids Who Care Growing In Popularity

100 Kids Who Care are stronger together and the children are making a big impact right here in our community. Brooke Spagrud with how the last meeting went, "We had 39 to 40 kids, but one thing we…

Southeast College Holding Speed Networking Event For Students And Business Leaders

The Southeast College is trying something new and holding a speed networking event here in the energy city. It's being billed as an opportunity to meet with local business leaders and work on their…

Rafferty Rumble Gearing Up For Exciting Summer

The Rafferty Rumble is gearing up for a summer of excitement and entertainment. Josh LeBlanc Head Organizer of the Rafferty Rumble, "The Rafferty Rumble will take place from July 26th to the 28th,…

Sidhu Sentenced To Eight Years In Prison

Families and friends of the Broncos, most adorned in Broncos jerseys bearing their family names, gathered once again in the makeshift courtroom at the Kerry Vickar Centre in Melfort to learn the fate…

Southeast Cornerstone School Division Underfunded Again in Provincial Budget

Reactions continuing to come in from those impacted by the 2019 Provincial Budget released yesterday. Chief Financial Officer with the Southeast Cornerstone Public School Division Shelley Toth said…

Police Broke Up Some Fights Last Night

The Estevan Police Service had their fair share of fights to break up last night. Police were called to a local business parking lot to a report of a fight between four males and a female. Police…

Roman Catholic School Division Seeks To Grow Truth And Reconciliation

The Holy Family has been committed to growing Truth and Reconciliation within their school division. Superintendent Terry Jordens, "We've been working with Truth and Reconciliation for a number of…

St. Mary's School Celebrates Rock Your Socks

Rock Your Socks is a program that many throughout the Energy City continue to participate in each year, to bring awareness to Down Syndrome Awareness Day. Special Olympics Active Start and… is Estevan's only source for community news and information such as weather and classifieds.

Search the Biz Guide