Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Parsnips, Carrots, and Poison Hemlock, Oh My!

Summer came over the weekend. No--don't look at your calendar just take a walk. Here is a member of the carrot family which includes plants like carrots, parsnips, dill, along with some of the most poisonous plants on earth including the Hemlock that killed Socrates. You know, things that cause frothing at the mouth, etc.

One reason I like this particular plant is that it is over six feet tall and in Indiana that's big. Another reason is that one day you are walking in the rain and see the buds coming out of their cornhusk shaped wrappers and the next day you have flower umbels as big as dinner plates.  Just like opening a summer present.   

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