Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Deadly water hemlock identification vs. elderberries

In my new video, I compare water hemlock with elderberry:



Though water hemlock looks similar to elderberry, it's pretty easy to identify. It's shorter and has a very distinctive look to the blooms, almost like a firecracker.

Elderberries and hemlock both have toxic foliage and stems, so don't eat either of them, obviously.

The berries that form on elder are unmistakeable; water hemlock doesn't make berries at all.

Anyhow, watch the video - you'll see the difference.

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4 Comments:

At May 26, 2015 at 2:17 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good post, I found some really nice looking Elderberry bushes in bloom and with ripe fruit this weekend. Golden Gate Estates, inland from Naples, FL.

IF I'm lucky, the cuttings I liberated will root and start an insurrection.

Green Dean mentioned that the elderberry leaf veins terminate at the tooth and hemlock leaf veins terminate in the notch.

CHopper

 
At May 26, 2015 at 4:41 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

We have poison hemlock everywhere. Pulled it up last year wearing a long sleeved shirt (as I first got a rash from it) and it came back this year. Just have to keep pulling it up.

 
At May 26, 2015 at 10:29 PM , Blogger David The Good from FloridaSurvivalGardening.com said...

Yep - the leaves do exactly that.

Good luck with the cuttings.

 
At May 26, 2015 at 10:30 PM , Blogger David The Good from FloridaSurvivalGardening.com said...

At least the rash sounds cool. "Yeah, was working in my yard. Totally got almost killed by deadly poisonous water hemlock. The only reason I'm alive is because I peeled off the outer layer of skin and burned it before the hemlock really soaked in. Wicked, right?"

 

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