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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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17 June, 2010

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.