Water Hemlock (Cicuta maculata)

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7 of the World’s Deadliest Plants, Encyclopedia Britanica - 7 of the World’s Deadliest Plants | Britannica.com Score: 0.0/0.0

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"Closely related to poison hemlock (the plant that famously killed Socrates), water hemlock has been deemed "the most violently toxic plant in North America." A large wildflower in the carrot family, water hemlock resembles Queen Anne’s lace and is sometimes confused with edible parsnips or celery. However, water hemlock is infused with deadly cicutoxin, especially in its roots, and will rapidly generate potentially fatal symptoms in anyone unlucky enough to eat it. Painful convulsions, abdominal cramps, nausea, and death are common, and those who survive are often afflicted with amnesia or lasting tremors."

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Despite being 100% natural, this plant is so dangerous it can easily cause death.


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