In search of flowers in the Northeast

Category: Apiaceae

Parsley Family: Apiaceae

So many delicious herbs in this family — parsley, dill, cumin, cilantro, coriander, caraway, carrots, celery, anise, fennel, chervil, and parsnip. Seeds, leaves, stems, and roots may be edible and delicious. The family also includes common meadow and road-side flowers such as golden Alexanders and Queen Anne’s lace. Characterized by their flowers in compound umbels, or umbrella-shaped stalks on umbrella-shaped stalks. But don’t eat all plants with compound umbels — hemlock belongs to this family and is poisonous!