Pastinaca sativa – Wild Parsnip
Wild parsnip is a tall, native biennial with yellow flowers, rough hairs on the stem and leaves and has a pungent smell when crushed. It is our only member of the carrot family that has yellow flowers with pinnate leaves. Flowering occurs from June to September.
|Type||Seeds per gram||Origin||Ordering|
|Grassland Perennial||230||Norfolk||Order this species|
Wild parsnip is a plant of neutral and calcareous grassland found in rank swards on downland, on verges, and rough and uncultivated land. Its mass of simple, open flowers is attractive to a wide range of insects, particularly hoverflies and various types of beetle such as Red-headed cardinal-beetle - Pyrochroa serraticornis as shown in the photograph above.
Best sown in the autumn but can be sown throughout the year.