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Poison hemlock, fool's parsley

Poison hemlock, fool's parsley
Conium maculatum
Parsley (Apiaceae) Family


Description: This biennial herb may grow to 2.5 meters high. The smooth, hollow stem may or may not be purple or red striped or mottled. Its white flowers are small and grow in small groups that tend to form flat umbels. Its long, turniplike taproot is solid.

CAUTION

This plant is very poisonous and even a very small amount may cause death. This plant is easy to confuse with wild carrot or Queen Anne's lace, especially in its first stage of growth. Wild carrot or Queen Anne's lace has hairy leaves and stems and smells like carrot. Poison hemlock does not.

Habitat and Distribution: Poison hemlock grows in wet or moist ground like swamps, wet meadows, stream banks, and ditches. Native to Eurasia, it has been introduced to the United States and Canada.

For information on a specific poisonous plant, click on one of the links below:

  - Castor bean, castor-oil plant, palma Christi
  - Chinaberry
  - Cowhage, cowage, cowitch
  - Death camas, death lily
  - Lantana
  - Manchineel
  - Oleander
  - Pangi
  - Physic nut
  - Poison hemlock, fool's parsley
  - Poison ivy and poison oak
  - Poison sumac
  - Rosary pea or crab's eyes
  - Strychnine tree
  - Trumpet vine or trumpet creeper
  - Water hemlock or spotted cowbane


Poisonous plants



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