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on June 20, 2013 at 2:32 PM
A friend of mine suffered poisoning with very unusual symptoms. She is legally blind and didn't know what she had encountered until she brought a sample of the plant to a local nursery. I did not realize it was so common in residential areas.
by Christine Holding
on November 6, 2016 at 11:02 AM
We think this is what killed our cat. We wish we would have seen your article sooner. :(
by Susie
on March 22, 2017 at 1:48 PM
This looks like a weed I have been fighting in my yard, and have seen on local hiking trails, and have been trying to identify. We call the seeds of this plant Hedgehogs because they are tiny oval burrs that tenaciously stick to absolutely everything; clothes, shoes, animals. Does this sound like the Poison Hemlock you describe here? Thank you.
by Kurt Wx
on March 25, 2017 at 1:52 PM
Poison hemlock looks very similar to Queen Anne's Lace, and they both grow in similar conditions (low altitudes, meadows, coastal trails, etc). Poison hemlock has purple blotches along its hairless hollow stems and rounded flower umbels when blooming. QEA has hairy stems, flatter flower spreads and no color markings on its stem.
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