Conium maculatum L.Quick ID:
- May grow to be 6 to 8 feet tall, roots with horizontal chambers.
- Leaves are fern-like in appearance.
- Stem grows erect and stout with purple spots at all growth stages.
- Foliage has a strong musty odor.
- Grows along borders of pastures and cropland.
- Does well in poorly drained soils.
- Is frequently found along stream banks and ditches.
How It Got Here:
- A biennial native to Europe.
Reasons for Concern:
- All plant parts are poisonous including the taproot.
- Humans have been poisoned by mistaking the plant for parsley.