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    Plant id help pleas

    Hi, I spotted this on my drive today.
    Not sure if its Cow Parsley, Sweet Cicely, Angelica, or wild fennel
    I know its neither hemlock or fools parsley
    Any help would be appreciated
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    Natural Born Bushcrafter Woody's Avatar
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    That looks like young giant hogweed to me...
    (Heracleum mantegazzianum)


    But it also looks a bit like poison hemlock...
    http://www.wildflowers-and-weeds.com...s/Apiaceae.htm

    Both quite dangerous!

    I would check and download the identification sheet for Giant Hogweed here:

    www.nonnativespecies.org/?pageid=152

    And this is just one of the many articles on the "alien " plant.

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening...-need-to-know/

    I'd get rid of it and perhaps wear gloves when doing so...

    Hope it helps

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    Last edited by Woody; 10-05-2016 at 09:11 AM. Reason: More info on giant hogweed...

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    As Woody says, you really need to get a book on plants.

    Definitely not Common hogweed, the leaves are all wrong. Hemlock has purple blotches on the stems. Probably Sweet Cicely. Common Hogweed and Sweet Cicely are both edible but you have to be 101% certain of your ID before putting them in your mouth.
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    I'm pretty sure that's poison hemlock , (definitely not water hemlock.) just by the leaves...
    Time will tell as the colour of the flowers will narrow it all down...

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    hello,
    I wouldn't even try touching any part of that plant until I was 101% if you don't have a book on local edible plants, there is a test you can perform to give yourself a good shot at eating the right thing. It's called the universal edibility test. Googlefu or YouTube "universal edibility test".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ichneumon View Post
    As Woody says, you really need to get a book on plants. Definitely not Common hogweed, the leaves are all wrong. Hemlock has purple blotches on the stems. Probably Sweet Cicely. Common Hogweed and Sweet Cicely are both edible but you have to be 101% certain of your ID before putting them in your mouth.

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    Doesn't look like sweet cicely but that smells of aniseed balls so that's easy to identify - it also looks a softer plant than yours. Don't think its Giant Hogweed as the leaves are not, believe it or not, jagged enough, dark enough and there isn't the blotching on the stem. But am asking a couple of learned colleagues for potential answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woody View Post
    I'm pretty sure that's poison hemlock , (definitely not water hemlock.) just by the leaves...
    Time will tell as the colour of the flowers will narrow it all down...
    +1 Agreed....https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org/...ium/maculatum/
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    If your looking for a field guide, collins and frances roses ar both good:

    Collins flower guide is good, especially for flicking through and finding something that looks right.
    contains non flowering plants as well, but is quite bulky to carry about.
    If you want a key for strong identification, then you want Frances Rose's wild flower key... be sure to gert the revised edition (2006 i think?).
    Its a steeper learning curve, using keys, but well worth the effor
    Last edited by Pootle; 11-05-2016 at 11:23 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pootle View Post
    If your looking for a field guide, collins and frances roses ar both good:

    Collins flower guide is good, especially for flicking through and finding something that looks right.
    contains non flowering plants as well, but is quite bulky to carry about.
    If you want a key for strong identification, then you want Frances Rose's wild flower key... be sure to gert the revised edition (2006 i think?).
    Its a steeper learning curve, using keys, but well worth the effor
    Thanks for the tip on that, I'm going to check out Frances roses wild flower key system... Sounds very interesting.


    Last edited by Woody; 11-05-2016 at 09:00 PM.

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    Hi. Spoken to the colleague and our best bet is also hemlock but would need to see bits of it more closely. Any more photos? Presume it has hollow stem, is grooved and is hairless? The guidebooks suggested are very good but Francis Rose is considered THE book but is quite hard to follow to start off with (mainly because of the botanical terminology).

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