Madison
16° F
Light Snow
Light Snow
Advertisement

DNR warns of poison plants

Published On: Jun 16 2013 10:09:37 AM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

Wisconsin wildlife officials are warning people to be on the lookout for a couple of poisonous plants.

Department of Natural Resources plant ecologists say poison hemlock and wild parsnip are becoming more common along roadsides. The sap from poison hemlock contains neurotoxins that can be absorbed through the skin; the story goes that Greek philosopher Socrates died after drinking poison hemlock.

Wild parsnip sap, meanwhile, can cause severe skin rashes, blisters and discoloration.

DNR ecologists say poison hemlock has smooth stems with blotches or purple spots, tiny five-petal white flowers and triangular, lacy leaves. Wild parsnip has small yellow flowers and diamond-shaped leaflets similar to celery.

They say the best way to control the plants is mowing them during their flowering stage.

Advertisement
  • Justice Antonin Scalia

    US Supreme Court via CNN

    Notable deaths of 2016

    Here's a look at some of the biggest celebrities we've lost so far in 2016.

  • PHOTOS: Uber-cute puppies on tour

    A basket of puppies arrived at the News 3 studio in Madison Friday morning as part of a promotion between Uber Madison and a Madison-based pet rescue. Uber and Underdogpetrescue.org teamed up to offer a puppy break to Uber app users that benefits the pet rescue. Condi (brown) and Wylie (black) got lots of snuggles and love from staff before they went on their way to cheer up other Madisonians through Uber until 3 p.m., the company said.

  • GOP group at debate

    Scott Olson/Getty Image

    2016 presidential candidates' net worth

    Ever wonder just what a presidential candidate is worth? Take a look at the net worth estimates for each of the remaining Republican and Democratic candidates as compiled by Forbes.

Advertisement