A wild parsnip discovered in the 18000 block of Homewood Avenue in Homewood. (Photos by Eric Crump/H-F Chronicle) Wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa) is a highly toxic weed that is spreading rapidly through Illinois and has now been spotted in Homewood. Because it looks like a wildflower, you may be tempted to leave it in your garden or use it as a cut flower. But the plant is dangerous to both people and animals because of its ability to cause . . .
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