Wikijunior:Summer Flowers of Northern New England/Cicuta maculata

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Spotted Water Hemlock
(Cicuta maculata)
This plant grows near the shores of ponds, lakes, and rivers. It has many, many tiny white flowers that group together to look like one umbrella-shaped flower. I don't think it would keep you dry in a rainstorm though, because this "umbrella" is only as big as your hand. Spotted Water Hemlock leaves look like the leaves of a fern. It grows about four feet tall. It looks a lot like Queen Anne's Lace, and it looks even more like a wild parsnip. However, Spotted Water Hemlock is very poisonous and can kill a person who eats it.

Quick Facts:
Some scientists think that Spotted Water Hemlock is the most poisonous plant in North America. It can kill a cow in as little as 15 minutes!