Back in March I thought this volunteer plant in the front yard was a celery plant. As it grew and developed, it no longer seemed to be celery. The one stalk remained solo.
When the flowers bloomed, dill came to mind, but there was no dill aroma. Hmmm.
The Husband thought it was hemlock. I thought hemlocks were trees. Was I curious to look it up? Of course not.
Last week, friends came over and concurred with the Husband. Hemlock. Yup, that's the stuff Socrates drank as punishment for being found guilty by 280 out of 500 peers of not believing in the government's gods and for teaching his students to question authority. Interesting. It got me wondering if people could be put on trial for doing something similar today.
For a poisonous plant, hemlock certainly is pretty. I suppose I ought to pull it out soon.
Update: Thanks to Colleen of Loose Leaf Notes commenting that the plant reminds her of Queen Anne's Lace, I did more research. The plant does look like it, but it's not.
While reading about the difference between Queen Anne's Lace and hemlock, I found that the plant in our yard doesn't have all the identifying marks of hemlock. Hurrah!
Then I remembered that earlier this year I tossed a package of wildflower seeds around the yard. Fortunately I recalled the seed company's name and there at the website I learned that Bishop's Weed or False Queen Anne's Lace was in the package. Ha!
Not poisonous for us, humans. However, False Queen Anne's Lace is toxic for Molly the Cat so tomorrow I shall be pulling it out.
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