Water Hemlock

Cicuta maculata

Photo of Water Hemlock
Photo by Dr. John Meade, weed scientist emeritus
Rutgers Cooperative Extension

As the name implies, it is found in wet spots. The flower resembles wild carrot to which it is related. The root is swollen, chambered and has a yellow exudate when cut. If eaten, the root will cause almost certain death but only after a period of excruciating pain. The related Poison Hemlock, Conium maculatum, resembles the wild carrot even closer. It is also very toxic but the action is much less dramatic.

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