Hemlock Water-dropwort (Oenanthe crocata)

I know, all of the carrot family plants look the same when in flower, just compare this to the photo of Hogweed I posted on the 16th June 2010!

The obvious thing about Hemlock Water-dropwort is that you always find it with its roots in water; ditches, drainage channels, marshes and so on.

Hemlock water-dropwort is another very common umbellifer flowering now through to the end of July and it can be found almost anywhere the ground is usually wet, it does not grow in water as such, it loves mud.

As with its cousins it is a very popular food plant for insects, mainly beetle and flies, and each flower head is a mini habitat of its own.

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