Western Hemlock Parsley

Conioselinum chinense (L.) BSP.

(= C. pacificum (S. Wats.) J. Coulter & Rose, C. gmelinii (Cham. & Schlecht.) Coult. and Rose

(E) chikigluX. qalngaagim saaqudaa: raven's parsnip (A) chikilgux

Growing from a stout taproot, the stems are hollow and upright, to 48" tall. The large branching leaves are divided into many finely toothed leaflets. The small white flowers are born on rays in a densely crowded umbel. The fruits are glabrous, oval, to oblong and flattened.

Hemlock parsley often grows in tall grass, and favors meadows, sandy shores, and banks. It is similar to petruski (Ligusticum scoticum) and angelica (Angelica lucida), but the leaves are more dissected, like carrot tops, and the plant grows quite tall. By August's end the leaves briefly turn exquisite golden orange and dark red. The Unangan chewed the tender stems to relieve sore throats, and the leaves were dried and used for tea (Hudson 1992). Be careful with this plant, since some look-alikes are deadly poisonous.

Range:

Eastern Asia, throughout the Aleutians, coastal Alaska from Bering Strait to the Pacific Northwest.

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