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I forgot about those red splotches on the stem of the hemlock. Thanks for reminding me.
Karen is right, this could be hemlock, which is a very poisonous plant. The easiest way to check is to look at the stalks, hemlock has reddish purple blotches or spots on the lower half of its stem. There is some growing near my house (I live in the UK), and I have taken special care to inform my boyfriend not to touch it at all! It looks similar to the harmless cow's parsley (although as Karen said, it's known as Queen Ann's Lace in the States), so do be careful! Hopefully it's harmless, but please do let us know if there are any red blotches on the stem!
* wash hand with cold water AND SOAP...... (sorry)
Queen Anne's Lace? How tall was it? Where was it growing? Be VERY sure it's not Poison Hemlock...it's a close-lookalike! In PA it grows taller, and blooms in late spring/early summer, close to water. Queen Anne's Lace is about 1 m tall, and blooms around this time of the year (late summer). IF it's the hemlock, WASH YOUR HANDS VERY VERY THOROUGHLY WITH COLD WATER ASAP. It's not like poison ivy that causes a rash.... it is deadly if you eat it. Even the juice. (Remember Socrates? There ya go. It's how he died.)But Queen Anne's Lace is harmless. (I've heard the roots are edible, but don't quote me on that....). Its just very important to differentiate between these two!
Spotted on Sep 24, 2012 Submitted on Sep 24, 2012