Cicuta maculata L.
Family: Apiaceae
common water-hemlock, spotted water-hemlock
Cicuta maculata image
Christopher Noll  
Etymology: Cicuta: ancient Latin name of poison hemlock
Plants: erect, perennial, 2'-7' tall, emerging, semi-aquatic forb; stems often branched, stout, hollow, partitioned inside, often purple spotted; tuberous, sweet-smelling, deadly poisonous roots
Leaves: 2-3 times pinnately-divided; separate, broad, toothed leaflets leaf drawing
Flowers: white, 5-parted; inflorescence a 3" flat-topped, compound umbel; blooms June-Aug.
Fruits: rounded, ribbed, splitting into 2 seeds, - fruit: fruit drawing seed: seed drawing
Habitat: wet to moderate moisture; meadows, woods, marshes
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Native