Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Plant of the Week: water hemlock

Water hemlock
Cicuta maculata L.

other common names: beaver poison, cowbane, musquash root, spotted cowbane, spotted hemlock
Cicuta: the ancient Latin name for poison hemlock
Maculata: from Latin, meaning “spotted” or “mottled”
Parsley family: Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)

Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie: The Upper Midwest, Second Edition, by Sylvan Runkel and Dean M. Roosa, photographs by Thomas Rosburg

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