How to tell if a plant is Angelica or Water Hemlock

Discussion in 'Herb Gardening' started by kensclark15, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. kensclark15

    kensclark15 New Seed

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2012
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Springfield, OR
    I bought some Angelica last year and I just harvested the roots. I just want to be absolutely sure that it's Angelica and not Water Hemlock. Is there a way to tell? They look almost the same to me. I'll get a picture up of the roots and leaves in a minute.
     
  2. Loading...


  3. Jerry Sullivan

    Jerry Sullivan Garden Experimenter Plants Contributor

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2010
    Messages:
    7,102
    Likes Received:
    2,920
    Location:
    Chelmsford MA
    WATER HEMLOCKS ARE THE MOST POISONOUS DEADLY PLANTS IN NORTH AMERICA. This can not be stressed enough.

    I strongly suggest you leave identification to the experts!

    The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has documented cases of people dying after eating water hemlock.

    http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/00026056.htm

    Jerry
     
  4. kensclark15

    kensclark15 New Seed

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2012
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Springfield, OR
    I think I know that... That's why I'm asking.
     
  5. toni

    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

    Joined:
    Jan 7, 2006
    Messages:
    19,634
    Likes Received:
    5,046
    Location:
    North Central Texas, Zone 8a
    IDing some look-a-like plants in person is iffy sometimes and doing it by looking at a photo online is the least accurate way.

    Some of our members do grow a wide variety of herbs but I don't know that any of us would consider ourselves expert enough to make a positive ID between a medicinal plant and a deadly one. So, like Jerry suggested, take it to an herb expert or if you really don't trust the ID of the person/nursery who sold it to you maybe throwing the plant away and buying dried Angelica would be best.
     



    Advertisement
  6. rockhound

    rockhound In Flower

    Joined:
    Dec 28, 2011
    Messages:
    275
    Likes Received:
    33
    Location:
    Tennessee
    So...what happened to the picture? I think if all you have is the harvested roots, if there's ANY doubt about the nursery you got it from, I'd avoid using it. The main ways to tell them apart is by looking at the whole plant and the differences in the leaves.
     
  7. kensclark15

    kensclark15 New Seed

    Joined:
    Apr 11, 2012
    Messages:
    27
    Likes Received:
    2
    Location:
    Springfield, OR
    I figured it out! The little "teeth" (don't know what it's called) on both plant are about identical, but on the Water Hemlock the veins in the leaf only go to the bottom of the teeth and don't hit the top, but on the Angelica the veins go all the way to the tip. I have Angelica and not Water Hemlock.
     

Share This Page