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Eastern Hemlock-Parsley (Conioselinum chinense)
Image ID: 2015/bf48
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Family: Apiaceae (Parsley)
Height: 2 to 5 ft.
Blooms: July to September
Leaf Type: divided
Bloom Size: 0.2 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Individual flowers, Regular blooms, 5 parts
Location: Butler-Freeport Trail
Notes: ID on this photo is not 100% certain; does not normally bloom this early in the season.
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Eastern Hemlock-Parsley may be easily confused with:
- Cow Parsnip
Cow parsnip is a much larger, thicker, stouter plant.
- Poison Hemlock
Poison hemlock has a very stout, spotted stem. Stem of hemlock-parsley is thin and green.
- Queen Anne's Lace
Queen Anne's lace has hairy stems and a central blackish blossom.
- Spotted Cowbane
Cowbane had multiply compound leaves, while hemlock-parsley had a fern-like leaf. Cowbane stems also tend to have steaks or area of magenta tint. These two plants are particularly hard to tell apart, which is problematic due to the high toxicity of spotted cowbane.
- Sweet Cicely
Sweet cicely is a much smaller plant, with less showy flowers.
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.