The bloom at the end

Tonight I leave Haida Gwaii.

The full thrust of spring has most plants pushing new shoots or offering flowers and berries.

The hemlock is no exception.

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When my mum was visiting she expressed curiosity that the Haida eat the pith of the tree as she was under the impression hemlock was also used as a poison. I had a memory of something similar and offered a vague response in the affirmative. Before leaving I found a better answer for her.

The berries of the hemlock are very poisonous.

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One Response to The bloom at the end

  1. Ferry Doug says:

    You’re (and she’s) thinking of the hemlock that killed Socrates. Different plant.

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