- Associated Press - Saturday, July 23, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Officials are warning Vermonters about an “innocent looking flower” found along roadsides that can cause painful rashes and blisters.

The wild parsnip, or “poison parsnip,” produces a sap that reacts to sunlight. Officials say it could take several hours after skin has come in contact with the sap for burns to develop.

But casual contact or brushing up against the plant is unlikely to cause a reaction.

The plant has small yellow flowers that resemble Queen Anne’s Lace. If the sap touches skin, the agency recommends washing skin with soap and water and protecting the exposed skin from sunlight for at least 48 hours.

If a skin reaction develops, the agency recommends calling a health care provider.


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