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  1. Jeff Killen
    June 13, 2011

    How is it possible to rapidly differentiate between hemlock and Queen Ann’s Lace,
    or wild carrot.

    I live in southern Oregon at present, but lived most of my life in Southern California.
    There are plants growing in a field across the road from my mobile home park. I
    thought they are Queen Ann’s Lace, but doing research on hemlock, I am not so
    sure. There are a number of plants growing in the yard where my mobile home is
    located that have similar leaf appearance. Some of the (?) Queen Ann’s lace were
    even growing on my lot last year. I pulled them all out.

    Thank you for time and attention.

    • alice
      July 21, 2011

      Queen annes lace has one small purpleish flower in the center of the flower “plate”

      • Jeff Killen
        August 7, 2011

        Thank you for the info, I will be on the lookout for that.

    • Brandon
      October 6, 2011

      I don’t know how old this post is, but here’s my advice: if you’re not sure, don’t handle it. It is a dangerous business when dealing with look-a likes and I have managed to poison myself a few times, though not with something as deadly as hemlock. One of the few distinctions for Queen Ann’s Lace is the purple flower that blooms for part of the year, as mentioned above, but this flower is not always present

  2. Brandon
    October 6, 2011

    Oh, I forgot to mention that the flowers of a water hemlock are grouped much more loosely than the flowers of Queen Anne’s Lace. The flowers will be grouped in small, scattered bundles, while QAL usually has large clusters of flowers.

  3. neeka
    December 10, 2011

    brandon is absolutely right, the purple flower isn’t always present. but QAL has a hairy stem. i always remember by saying the queen has hairy legs :-) i hope this helps.

  4. Cait
    May 15, 2012

    We have “water hemlock” growing everywhere around our house, near our creek and it is spreading throughout our lawn, garden, fields and orchard. Help! We need to stop these incidious plant monster before it completely takes over our property and beyond! Any suggestions and/or advice as to its destruction would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

  5. Abe
    June 12, 2012

    Queen Anne’s Lace has a hairy stem, Water Hemlock does not. Queen Anne’s Lace roots also smell very much like the carrot that it is.

  6. Gay Muse
    June 2, 2013

    I live in central ky , I lost 3 cows to hemlock poisoning in 2012 and one in 2013.
    Hemlock grows in all four corners of our farm and lines both sides of the Paducah and Louisville railroad that borders our property. Best thing we have used(it is ongoing battle, is hoe, 2-4d herbicide and crossbow brush killer., bushhog.

    • alan d.
      August 17, 2013

      i have both queen anns lace and water hemlock on my property. i know queen anns well but was baffled by the hemlock.i have been mowing the edges of my property and got into some of this invasive plant.my arms got all broke out with pussy pimples and it itches like mad. therefore when i looked it up . i saw your comments.queen annes is a very tite and beautifully symetrrical flower. it doesn’t always have the purple center. it smells very fragrant like carrot tops. the water hemlock plant itself has no loud smell but the flowers have an almost overpowering fragrance.the stems are very smooth and it grows really tall.its such a fast grower it’ll far outreach anything you plant with it. it sprawls over itself and becomes a pain to erradicate. hopefully this helps out anyone clearing their property. wear full sleeved clothing and pants and gloves to handle as i,ve found out the hard way. thanx.

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