Parsnip Predator

Note:  Due to the size of this product, shipping costs are high.

Predators can be shipped or picked up at our office in Viroqua, WI or Madison, WI (contact us at 608-676-0985 to make an appointment).

More information on how to use the Predator can be seen in a video demonstration. We welcome you to call (608-676-0985) or email us with further questions.

A limit of five (5) Predators can be purchased per order. For larger quantities, contact us at (608) 676-0985 to get a more accurate shipping cost.

Wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) is one of the most common and irritating plant pests in southern Wisconsin.

The biennial grows first year rosettes bearing leaves about six inches tall. It develops a long, thick taproot, which is edible. (FYI, it is not an obligate biennial.  It is monocarpic (flowers once, then dies).  The field experience of many people has bore out that rosettes may grow 2-5 years before flowering. The WIDNR invasive species fact sheet discusses this.) The second year the plant produces a single, thick (1 inch diameter) stem, rising up to 5 feet, with  hundreds of yellow umbellate (carrot-like) flowers. [source: WDNR – Invasive plant species – Wild Parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)]. It favors open sunny areas like roadsides, pastures, and fallow fields. Hikers learn the watery blisters on their skin came from wild parsnip; the rash is easily confused with poison ivy.