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 Currently unavailable

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Habitat Information
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.

Growing Information
Best sown in the autumn but can be sown throughout the year.


Species currently unavailable or of restricted availability

Sorry, this species is currently unavailable to order as a single item as we have no stock. For more information please see availability note above.


£/1kg -
£/100g -
£/10g £8.00
£/1g £3.00