And because that’s what I secretly hoped and wanted it to be, I let it be. I let it grow tall enough for flowers to start blooming and even defended it from my mother who, in regular gardening/’keeping things neat’ mode, was just about to pull it up because weeds don’t belong.
But for me weeds do belong. I didn’t want to tell her that I thought it might be Queen Anne’s Lace because of any superstitions about that plant showing up now. I’ll explain that a little later :). What I did tell her though was that I thought it was pretty.
Which I do – most weeds are vibrant greens with strong roots and stems and their blooms can actually be quite beautiful. Couple that with their intrinsic ability to be health tonics and strong, safe medicine for a number of ailments, I had to wait to see which plant it would turn out to be.
Well it actually turned out not to be Wild Carrot. I’m pretty sure it’s Poison Hemlock, a prevalent weed that grows along roadsides and backyards. Yes that equals sad face. Poison Hemlock is often confused with Wild Carrot and that can be a deadly confusion. Poison Hemlock is a skin irritant at best and a toxic, life threatening poison at worst.
What tipped me off? The blossom of the plant – Wild Carrot generally has one red dot in
the middle of each cluster of white flowers. The clusters are also full. This plant in contrast has white flowers in sparse clusters. The flowers aren’t tightly bunched together and there is no red point within the center of each flower cluster.
So now sadly, I have to go ahead and pull it up. If it is Poison Hemlock, it can be very dangerous for me and my furbabies. If they eat any of it, it could be fatal. It can irritant mine and their skin and even cause respiratory issues. So yes, it has to go.
If it had been Wild Carrot, I would have been pretty excited and also pretty curious about it popping up all of a sudden. The exciting part – Wild Carrot is an herb that I’ve studied for a long time. It has a well documented history as a contraceptive – particularly the seeds of the plant. My herbal mentor, Robin Rose Bennett, back when I was an active herbalist, conducted research and study of it and even wrote a booklet explaining her findings. Here she’s written a final summary of her more recent studies: http://wisewomanhealingways.com/articles/wild-carrot-exploration-final-summary-august-2011/
There is also tons of anecdotal data that shows how well it works to prevent pregnancy. In short, it’s a viable alternative for women who don’t want to use birth control pills or other methods with questionable side effects.And that’s why it was curious for me – because I have been considering the baby question! I’ve actually been thinking a lot about if it’s time to bring a child into my life. I’ve got a great partner. I’m stabler and more balanced than I’ve ever been. And my doctor thinks because of my fibroids, it’s better as a sooner than later thing. And sheesh, I’m 38. What exactly am I waiting for?! Ultimately, there is no such thing as a perfect time and so I’ve been reeling in my thoughts from someday to one of these days soon. So if Wild Carrot Seed suddenly showed up at my door, that would have definitely given me something to think about sign wise. But luckily it didn’t :-D. So the baby thoughts are still a go lol :-).