Poison Hemlock


Common name : Herb Bennet, Poison Hemlock, Poison Parsley

Scientific name : Conium maculatum

Family : Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)

Native land : Europe and the Mediterranean region

Poison hemlock is a highly poisonous perennial herbaceous flowering plant. It has hairless hollow stalks with purple blotches. The leaves are triangular in shape. It produces many umbrellashaped flower clusters in an open and branching inflorescense. The leaves and the root emit an unpleasant odour often compared to that of parsnip. It produces a large number of seeds that allow the plant to form thick stands in modified soils. All parts of the plant are poisonous and even the dead canes remain toxic for up to three years.

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