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Apiaceae (Parsley Family)

Cicuta maculata

Hemlock, Water

Plant TypeForb
Life CycleBiennial
Leaf TypeCompound, Pinnate
Leaf PatternOpposite
Flower Colorwhite
HabitatSwamps, Wet meadows
DistributionMost of North America. From Mexico to at least as far north as Alaska.
Description Extremely toxic. Possibly the most lethal plant in North America. Avoid all contact. Be respectful.
EdibilityDO NOT EAT.
ToxicityExtremely poisonous. A small amount of any part of this plant, for example one bite of root, which can be mistake for a parsnip, can easily be lethal. Causes violent tremors, intense stomach pain, salivation, delerium, and death. Do not even touch this plant, to avoid possibly transferring material from your hands to your face. Widely considered to be the most poisonous plant in the North Temperate Zone. Death has been known to occur within 20 minutes of ingestion. (Pratt)
Medicinal UsesNONE.
Utilitarian UsesNONE.
Other NotesPlease be respectful of this plant. It is very powerful.