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Fool's Parsley

Observed: 3rd August 2012 By: allrounderallrounder’s reputation in Plantsallrounder’s reputation in Plantsallrounder’s reputation in Plantsallrounder’s reputation in Plantsallrounder’s reputation in Plants
Fool's Parsley WB 2.8.12
Description:

Very poisonous, arable weed. Very long bracts readily distinguish this from other umbellifers

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orchid_b's picture

fairly poisonous

Geoffrey Grigson in the Englishman's Flora: 'The fool's folly would hardly be fatal. its power may vary but it seldom does much harm either to man or his animals'. But I am not going to try it, and PLEASE don't try this at home, folks!

Just looked it up in Flora Britannica too. Mabey is non-committal about how poisonous it is, but does mention the 'nauseating' smell that would put you off if you tried to eat it.

Jamie from Briantspuddle

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Cheers

for that Jamie. The leaves contain a toxic compound called Cynopine. The symptoms are an alarming, intense heat in the mouth and throat and I agree, probably not fatal but not something I'd like to try!
Gary

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