My team and I have received numerous reports of wild parsnip growing in Kanata North. Wild parsnip is an invasive species, and if it is exposed to your skin, it can cause serious irritation, blistering, and discomfort. It’s important to know how to spot wild parsnip and how to report it. It’s also important to know where it’s growing in Kanata North so it can be avoided until it’s eradicated.
The Wild Parsnip Program is well underway, and we anticipate it will be completed within the next 3 weeks, weather dependent.
- Roadside herbicide application: The roadside herbicide application throughout Ottawa was completed the week of May 24 and is now complete.
- Parkland herbicide application: The parkland herbicide application began on Monday May 31. Below you will find the list of Kanata North parkland areas identified for targeted herbicide application for 2021. The contractor will spray these locations over the next few weeks provided the winds remain low and the weather conditions remain favorable.
|Location||Address||Volume of wild parsnip|
|Beaver Pond Trail||243 Walden Drive||Heavy|
|Bethune Park||279 March Rd||Medium|
|Brookside Stormwater Ponds||915 Klondike Rd (corner of March Rd)||Heavy|
|Broughton Park||150 Battersea Cr||Medium|
|Fentiman Park||7600 Campeau Dr||Light|
|Herzberg Center Median||at Terry Fox along golf course||Heavy|
|Herzberg Sidewalk||at Terry Fox along golf course||Heavy|
|Hines Rd pathway to Terry Fox||N/A||Heavy|
|Holly Acres Park||77 Varley Dr||Light|
|Insmill Park||47 Insmill Cr||Light|
|Kanata Town Centre Gateway||5599 Campeau Dr||Medium|
|Kanata Town Centre Stormwater Pond||5599 Campeau Dr||Medium|
|Logan Lea/Kimmins Court Park||51 Steacie Dr||Light-Medium|
|Recreational path (1700 Richardson Side Rd)||path off Huntmar behind houses Westover and Saddleback||Medium|
|Recreational Trail (Hydro Corridor)||1298 Klondike Rd||Heavy|
|Recreational Trail and Broughton Park||259 Huntsville Dr||Medium|
|Richcraft Recreation Complex||4101 Innovation Dr||Medium|
|ROW Kanata Ave||at Huntsville Dr||Medium|
|Shirley’s Brook Corridor||1081 Maxwell Bridge Rd||Medium|
|Stormwater Management Area-1083 Halton Ter||1083 Halton Ter||Medium|
Identification and how to report
Wild parsnip is a highly branched plant, with hollow green stems. It has two growth stages: non-flowering leafy rosettes at ground level and 0.5 to 1.5 metre-tall flowering plants. If you spot wild parsnip, please call 3-1-1 to report it.
Early growth: In the first year of growth, low-growing non-flowering rosettes of leaves form with a cluster of spindly, compound leaves that resemble celery leaves.
In bloom: When wild parsnip is in bloom (in early June to late July), plants have tall, branched yellow flowering stalks.
Mature plant: Starting in August, the blooming plant will begin to turn brown, and the leaves and stems will begin to dry up. This means that the toxic sap from the plant will also begin to dry up and contact with the plant is less likely to cause a reaction. Once the plant is completely dry, the seeds will fall to the ground.
Seeds are flat and round. It is a biennial plant, reproducing only by seed. The seeds can lie dormant for years making it even more challenging to control.
If you have additional questions about wild parsnip, please visit the City of Ottawa website or call 3-1-1.