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Poison hemlock increasing in grazed pasturelands

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Mature plants grow 6 to 8 feet tall

By David Harrison

Poison hemlock has been increasing locally during the past several years.  Although this plant often was seen along roadways and fencerows, it has expanded into grazed pasturelands and hay fields.

The concern not only comes from its invasive nature, but the fact that it is one of the most toxic plants in the world. Throughout history, the toxicity of poison hemlock is well known for accidental deaths of humans and animals. It was the toxin used to poison the philosopher Socrates.


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