Jan. 25, 2019

spotted water-hemlock, Cicuta maculata

The year before this image was taken, this part of Ives Fen Preserve was choked with a dense thicket of invasive buckthorn. The number of native plants that could be found was very close to zero. Turns out they were there, waiting and hoping for their opportunity. Water-hemlock grows from tuberous roots, and was one of the plants best able to seize the moment after we removed the buckthorn. This water-hemlock is a common wetland species, growing in every state and province except HI and LB. Ives Fen Preserve, Lenawee Co MI, 7/8/10.