December 6, 2019 Urgent: A neighbor at The Ranch received the following message from residents at Rockwood “Just wanted you all to be aware that a couple encountered very aggressive coyotes while walking their dogs yesterday. The coyotes came very close, were not afraid, were bold, and apparently hungry. Please be aware and take precautions when you are out and about.” Additionally a mountain lion has been sighted in that same area.
We have discovered Water Hemlock plants growing along several water ways in the Ranch. These plants are extremely poisonous. Also known as Beaver Poison, Brook-Tongue, Carotte a’ Moreau, Children’s Bane, etc…
Waterhemlockis considered to be the most poisonous plant growing in North America. All parts of the water hemlock are toxic and can cause death in as little as 15 minutes.
Water hemlockgrows in marshy, swampy areas of meadows; and along banks of streams, pools and rivers. Accidental poisonings usually occur when water hemlock is mistaken for edible plants such as artichokes, celery, sweet potatoes, sweet anise, or wild parsnip.
Identifying Water Hemlock: A perennial plant that grows to a height of 3 to 7 feet tall. The leaves are up to 15 inches long, alternately-arranged, and tri-pinnately-compound with numerous 2 to 5 inch ovate leaflets. They are also sharply tooth. The leaf veins terminate at the bottom of leaf serrations and not at the tips, which helps to identify this plant.
Flowers are white and tiny, have 5 petals and 5 stamens that grow in umbrella like clusters 2 to 8 inches across. The plant flowers in spring or early summer. The stem is branching, smooth, hollow and often with purplish-green striations. It has a tuberous root with rootstalks that are multi-chambered and contain a yellowish oily liquid. This poisonous liquid is said to smell like raw parsnip.
Please tell your children not to pick or play with the flowers.
More Information: Online, search for WATER HEMLOCK. There are numerous sources from which information can be obtained. Also, see water hemlockvideos on youtube.
Note: We are seeking professionals to remove these plants from the Ranch.