- See also: Poison hemlock
By far the more familiar species is Conium maculatum (Hemlock or Poison Hemlock). It is a weed known almost worldwide for its toxicity to many domestic animals and to human beings. In ancient Greece, hemlock was used to poison condemned prisoners. The most famous victim of hemlock poisoning is the philosopher Socrates.
- ↑ "No good reasons appear to have been advanced for maintaining the southern African representatives of this genus as a separate species (C. chaerophylloides), and accordingly it is here reduced to synonymy."Flora Zambesiaca volume:4 part:0 (1978) Umbelliferae by M. L. Gonçalves. eFloras. Kew.