|Yellow Parsnip looks pretty - but HURTS|
But if its the Wild Parsnip - you won't bask near the flower - you might be burned!
If plant juices contact the skin in the presence of sunlight, phytophotodermatitis occurs.
Which means a chemical reaction making skin hypersensitive to ultraviolet light.
Symptoms include burning, itching, and large blisters which occur over time.
|Invasive Yellow Parsnip in a marsh.|
So keep your distance.
It's possible to avoid the reaction if you stay out of the sun after contact, but just inside may not be good enough.
A doctor visit is generally necessary.
It is very common, I've seen it lining rural roads, tempting bike riders to reach out and touch as they ride past. Do not touch!