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© Deeproot Plant Base
common name: Hemlock Water-dropwort, Dead Tongue, Five-Fingered Root
poisonous or irritant
full sun, part shade
moist soil, wet/waterlogged soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -18°C
USDA zone: 7 to 9
Erect, thick, hollow and grooved stems growing from pale yellow, fleshy tuberous roots. 3 or 4-pinnate leaves with toothed triangular deep green segments. Large umbels of small white flowers mostly in June and July. Slightly scented with a wine-like fragrance.
The roots and stems exude a distinctively yellow juice when cut.
Likes constantly moist or boggy soil, preferably lime free. Often grows in damp meadows or near water. Tolerates brackish conditions near the sea.
Used in homeopathic medicine and has been used to treat epilepsy.
Native British wildflower, commonly found by streams, rivers, lake-sides and in marshland, mostly in the south and west.
All parts are toxic to humans and animals, occasionally fatal and one of teh most poisonous plants found in the UK. Sometimes mistaken for wild celery or parsley.