Poisonous?

Asked July 13, 2020, 11:48 AM EDT

We have this in our yard, what is it? The flowers are white.

Charlevoix County Michigan

1 Response

Hello,
Plant identification from photographs can be tricky, and because one of the plants this looks like is a very poisonous plant, I want to be very cautious. I believe this is a plant commonly called Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis odorata). If this is correct, the plant will have a distinctive, licorice scent to it. Here is more information on this plant: https://friendsofsleepingbear.org/wildflower-database/white/sweet-cicely/ If, however, this plant has a disagreeable odor and purplish spotted stalks, it is Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum) which is poisonous and should not be handled with bare skin. Here is more information on this plant:https://www.oardc.ohio-state.edu/weedguide/single_weed.php?id=114

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f you would like to submit more photographs including those of the stalks, please feel free to do so, and I can try to give you a more confident identification.