- Poisonous Plants
- Hemlock, Conium maculatum
- "Poison" Hemlock seeds, Conium maculatum, Wild-crafted, 4 sizes
"Poison" Hemlock seeds, Conium maculatum, Wild-crafted, 4 sizes
A cold-weather plant that stays green and blooms in many areas in the dead of winter. Beautiful fern-like leaves. White flower clusters on tall, hollow, green stems splattered with reddish-purple spots. Roots resemble wild carrot or parsnip; stems and flowers are similar to anise, but not fragrant like anise. All plant parts are bitter and with a disagreeable odor/flavor. Attracts pollinators.
Frost tolerant. Plant in Fall. High germination. One gram is about 250 seeds. Reseeds itself so well that it is considered an invasive species in several states. But will not survive a drought. High water needs; often found along marshes and creeks.
Contains a very strong muscle relaxant, but this herb is not at all poisonous. Too much will stop the heart muscle, so keep away from pets and children. Very disagreeable, bitter herb, likely the one Shakespeare wrote about in Romeo and Juliet to dampen the heart muscles and feign death. A strong tincture was used to put Socrates to death thousands of years ago, so too much can be deadly. Four seed packs are not dangerous to adults, as confirmed by people who have eaten them. Stories online about people dying from eating game birds who ate some hemlock seeds are a total fabrication and are completely unsubstantiated fear-mongering.
The Bulk Pack contains OLDER seeds with LOW germination, but still high in alkaloids (one customer said maybe even stronger with age or this batch). These packs are for people who use hemlock for medicinal purposes. I have many customers who take hemlock for medical problems, including heavy periods with cramping, stress, PTSD, and severe anxiety. Hemlock has also been used to reverse strychnine poisoning. One customer in Texas says he cuts the seeds in half and eats two seeds each day to reduce stress and anxiety. Customers are replacing their opiods and Xanax with hemlock. Because hemlock reduces stress in similar ways to opiods (but is not at all addictive!), it is possible to test positive on a drug test for Oxycondone after ingesting hemlock, again, as reported by a customer.