Hi all, I'm in Oklahoma. This plant is all over my yard, and I'm constantly pulling it out. It only gets about 2 ft tall, the seed capsules are very adhesive, it seems to do fine in both sun and shade, and it's an annual. Descriptions that I've seen of Hemlock say that it's biennial, so I don't think that's what it is. Can anyone tell me what some of the possibilities are, so I can start from there?
Wild Chervil and Fools Parsley can look a lot like Hemlock. However, Poison Hemlock has smooth stems often with purple splotches on them, has a disagreeable mousy odor when crushed, and grows up to 12 feet tall.
Cheryl Baker wrote:Thanks for helping. I think I'll have to wait until it flowers and I'll post a picture then. It does smell like carrots. Does hemlock?? (Don't worry, I won't be eating it).
If it smells like carrots and has a hairy stem, then it's probably 100% sure to be Queen Anne's Lace (QAL) and definitely not Poison Hemlock. Hemlock has a nasty odor like mouseurine. Sometimes there may be some reddish coloring on the stems, but definitely not the purple splotches as in Hemlock. Wild Chervil, Hemlock, and QAL all have similar appearing flowers.