Wild Parsnip - Pastinaca sativa


An erect, medium to tall, strong smelling, hairy plant. Stem angled or ridged. Leaves pinnate, with 5 to 11 oval, lobed and toothed segments. Flowers yellow 1.5 mm in umbels with 9 to 20 unequal rays.

Photo ID?

Rough grassy places, usually on dry calcareous soils.

When to see it

Late June to August.

Life History


UK Status

Occasional but widespread in central and southern England, local and often coastal elsewhere.

VC55 Status

Mainly found in the north east of Leicestershire and parts of Rutland, just a few records from railway verges elsewhere in VC55. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 61 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map