Water Hemlock

 

Growing to 8″ tall, Water Hemlock grows in swamps, marshes, and along Crowley Creek. Tall straight stems, with the characteristic purple magenta streaks of color, are smooth, sturdy, and branched. Many tiny white flowers, in clusters about 8″ across, grow in an “umbel” or umbrella like shape. All parts of this plant, especially the roots, are poisonous, causing reactions that range from mild gastroenteric irritation to death.

Latin Name: Cicuta Maculata

Habitat: Swamp, Marsh

Flowers: Spring – Fall.

Species Alert! Poisonous if eaten