A Potentially Deadly Invader
A Spring Emergent
Where to look for Poison Hemlock
According to Purdue Extension’s fact sheet, Poison Hemlock lurks along roads, streams, trails, and ditches. Experts point out that poison hemlock is a biennial weed. This means that during the initial year of growth, it develops as the size of a short and small herb. But in the second year, its growth accelerates to a towering height of three to eight feet! Interestingly, it is often not noticeable until the reproductive stage of its second year.
Deadly if Ingested
Thankfully, cases of poisoning from poison hemlock ingestion are rare. The plant’s mousy odor makes it unappetizing to both livestock and humans. Consumption and toxicity in animals usually happen in poorly managed or overgrazed pastures, where animals resort to grazing poison hemlock due to the lack of desirable forage.
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