Poison Hemlock/Winter Fern/ California Fern/ Spotted Hemlock/ Poison Parsley (Conium Maculatum)
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.
Small capsule containing grayish-brown seeds
Individual flowers are very tiny, and are borne in umbrella shaped clusters at the ends of the branches.
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