August 10, 2007
The deadly western water-hemlock can be found throughout Routt County.
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Two of the most poisonous plants in North America can be found here in the Steamboat area: poison hemlock (Conium maculatum) and western water-hemlock (Cicuta douglasii). Yes, hemlock is the plant that killed Socrates in Athens in 329 BC. Just a small taste of these plants can cause a quick, painful death.