Water hemlock or spotted cowbane
Parsley (Apiaceae) Family
Description: This perennial herb may grow to 1.8 meters (6 feet) high. The stem is hollow and sectioned off like bamboo. It may or may not be purple or red striped or mottled. Its flowers are small, white, and grow in groups that tend to form flat umbels. Its roots may have hollow air chambers and, when cut, may produce drops of yellow oil.
This plant is very poisonous and even a very small amount of this plant may cause death. Its roots have been mistaken for parsnips.
Habitat and Distribution: Water hemlock grows in wet or moist ground like swamps, wet meadows, stream banks, and ditches throughout the Unites States and Canada.
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