Plant ID forum: Another mystery volunteer

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Name: Michelle
Cheyenne, WY (Zone 5a)
Jul 21, 2017 9:44 PM CST
This plant volunteered in several areas of our yard this year. The photos are of the same plant a few weeks apart. Any ideas? Thank you!

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Name: Deb
Pacific NW (Zone 8b)
Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Deer Ferns Herbs Dragonflies
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Jul 21, 2017 9:50 PM CST
Maybe sweet cicily? Sweet Cicely (Myrrhis odorata)

Crush the seed pods and see if they smell like anise.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
Not all who wander are lost
Garden Sages Plant Identifier
Jul 21, 2017 10:19 PM CST
Or Poison Hemlock
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Name: Porkpal
Richmond, TX
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Jul 22, 2017 5:50 AM CST
I think I see some purple spots on the stem in photo #2, so I'll go with poison hemlock.
Name: Michelle
Cheyenne, WY (Zone 5a)
Jul 22, 2017 6:05 PM CST
Sweet Cicely sure would have been better that what I suspect is the truth Sad

I remember the old-timers recounting stories of cattle, sheep and people dying after getting into the hemlock that made its way up and down the irrigation ditches. I removed all the volunteers from our yard. The biggest one that was growing in dry shade under the green ash had short stubby roots (pics of that plant below). A smallish plant that was growing in the garden among the parsnips had long roots, winding every which way that broke off and had to be traced down one by one one. Now there's a big empty spot in the parsnip patch, but I'm certainly grateful! Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

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