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Fool's Parsley (Aethusa cynapium L.)

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A toxic plant named for its superficial resemblance to parsley. Native to Europe, western Asia, and northwest Africa, and introduced to North America, with an uncommon, scattered distribution, but more common in New England to the area around New York City.

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Introduced or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.

The only member of its genus, but there are numerous other species of the Selineae tribe found in North America.

Aethusa cynapium (Fool's Parsley) | USDA PLANTS Database (About This Site)

Aethusa cynapium | Go Botany (About This Site)

Fool's Parsley | iNaturalist (About This Site)

Aethusa cynapium | Biota of North America Project (BONAP) (About This Site)