Parsley (7)

Flowers in the Parsley family have tiny flowers with five petals which usually grow in a cluster in which stalks of nearly equal length grow from a common center and form a flat or curved surface, The leaves are usually divided. There are many more members of this family including Angelica, Sweet Cicely and Spring Parsley.

Carum carvi

Caraway
Carum carvi

Family: Parsley (Apiaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: June 4, 2006
Location: Taylor Canyon, GV, CO
Life Zones: Plains to montane
Habitat: Moist disturbed soil, roadsides

Plant grows to 3ft with feathery leaves.

NOXIOUS

Heracleum maximum

Cow Parsnip
Heracleum maximum (H. lanatum, H. sphondylium)

Family: Parsley (Apiaceae)
AKA: Indian Celery
Photo taken on: July 7, 2004
Location: Almont, CO
Life Zones: Foothills to montane
Habitat: Wet soil

Plant can grow to 8ft tall with a stout hairy stem. Flower clusters are up to 8" across. Leaves are large and solid compared to Lovage and Water Hemlock, both of which have dissected leaves.arrow

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Oxypolis fendleri

Cowbane
Oxypolis fendleri

Family: Parsley (Apiaceae)
AKA: Fendler's Cowbane
Photo taken on: July 22, 2014
Location: Poverty Gulch, GV, CO
Life Zones: Montane to subalpine
Habitat: Wet soil

Plant can grow to 3ft high with a weak stem. Flowers clusters are up to 2" across. Leaves are divided and soft. Grows at higher elevations and leaves differentiate from Cutleaf Waterparsnip in the same habitat. Brookcress also grows in the same habitat but is more robust and has larger flowers.

Cutleaf Waterparsnip

Cutleaf Waterparsnip
Berula erecta

Family: Parsley (Apiaceae)
AKA: Water Parsnip
Photo taken on: October 13, 2010
Location: White Rock Canyon, NM
Life Zones: Plains to foothills
Habitat: Streams, marshes

Grows in water to 3ft with weak stems leaning on other plants. Leaves are pinnately divided with toothed leaflets that are narrow if submerged, more oval if not. Tiny white flowers grow in umbels with leaf-like bracts. Grows at lower elevations and leaves differentiate from Cowbane in same habitat.

Ligusticum porteri

Lovage
Ligusticum porteri

Family: Parsley (Apiaceae)
AKA: Osha, Porter's Lovage
Photo taken on: July 11, 2004
Location: Oh-Be-Joyful, GV, CO
Life Zones: Montane to subalpine
Habitat: Moist woods, meadows

Grows to 3ft tall in large colonies. Leaves are fern-like. Often confused with Cow Parsnip; the leaves differentiate between them.

Conium douglassi

Water Hemlock
Cicuta douglasi (Conium douglasi)

Family: Parsley (Apiaceae)
AKA:
Photo taken on: July 20, 2009
Location: CO SR 50
Life Zones: Plains to montane
Habitat: Wet soil, ditches, marshes

Grows to 9ft tall. Leaves are divided into three long leaflets whose veins end in notches. Flower clusters are up to 4" across. Compare to Cow Parsnip, Hemlock Waterparsnip and Lovage which are not poisonous, leaves differentiate.

Extremely POISONOUS.
"Most poisonous plant in North America"

Sium suave

Hemlock Waterparsnip
Sium suave

Family: Parsley (Apiaceae)
AKA: Water Parsnip
Photo taken on: July 12, 2017
Location: Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area, SLV, CO
Life Zones: Plains to montane
Habitat: Wet soil, ditches, marshes

Closely resembles Water Hemlock in the same habitat which is extremely poisonous. The leaves differentiate. It grows to 6 feet tall above the water with few branches, the stem is veined but is not spotted. The leaves above water are divided into an odd number of finely toothed leaflets which do not have the strong veins of Water Hemlock.

White/Cream Round Clusters