|This is a repost from our friends at APN An Unsuspecting Danger Along the Trailoriginally Posted: 25 Mar 2013
Guest Article Submitted By: Blake Miller
Poison Hemlock is a deadly plant that grows around water sources. It’s a killer.
Poison Hemlock is a plant that I have never paid much attention to. It didn’t rank very high on my “need to know” list. Recently, a seminar speaker discussed poison hemlock and its effects. That caused me do a bit of investigation in my home state of Oregon.
What I found out surprised me. This invasive plant is widespread throughout Oregon. It can be found along streams, in pastures and irrigation canals. Several deaths of livestock and people are attributed to this plant each year (check the Oregon web site for more information.)
The Oregon Department of Agriculture’s web site states:
My other online resource, (Encyclopedia Britannica) for this post further states:
My recommendation: Keep your hands off and don’t touch it at all. Don’t let anyone in your party put any part of poison hemlock in their mouth, as a young boy would put a piece of straw in his mouth.
The attached video (below) is from the University of Wisconsin. It gets a bit technical but it does a wonderful job of identifying this toxic plant.
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