Poison Hemlock, Winter fern, California fern, spotted hemlock, poison parsley (Conium maculatum)

Scientific Name:   Conium maculatum

Common Name:   Poison Hemlock, Winter fern, California fern, spotted hemlock, poison parsley

Type:   Native

Toxicity:   Poisonous

Berries/Fruits:   Small capsule containing grayish-brown seeds

Flowers:   Individual flowers are very tiny, and are borne in umbrella shaped clusters at the ends of the branches

Description:   Grows along streamside and ditch banks at all elevations, tolerates poorly drained soils. Can be found throughout the United States. Grows 4-10 feet tall. Hollow, branched, spotted stems with purple splotches. Leaves are fern-like. Single white taproot that resembles a carrot. Poisonous parts: all parts.


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