Water hemlock — one of the most toxic plants on this continent

04-P1080287   Do not eat this plant — it grows profusely on Womack Creek, Crooked River and other similar creeks and rivers in the Panhandle including Wakulla River.

It affects one’s nervous system immediately resulting in seizures.  Poison control  center should be called if ingested.  Children may be tempted to blow on the straw-like stems.

The flowers look like Queen Anne’s lace and cow parsnip — white and lacy towering above the leaves.   They do not make suitable dining table cut flowers — just admire and paddle on.

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