Identifying Poison Hemlock

Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum) is a critical plant for any gardener or forager to know how to identify for safety reasons. I encourage all of my students to learn how to identify all poisonous plants that grow in the area before starting to forage because there are fewer poisonous plants than edible ones, making them easier to learn.

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Leaves: Fern-like, finely divided, toothed on edges and have a strong, musty odor when crushed.

Flowers: Tiny, white, in a circular cluster on the ends of branched stems.


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