National Distrubution

     Conium maculatum is a terrestrial land plant and has a relatively large ecological

 distribution throughout the world. This plant derived from Europe but now has a

 worldwide distribution because it has been introduced into America and Asia where

 it now resides as well. This plant species has been found in regions like Northern

 Africa, New Zealand and Australia too. C. maculatum seems to favor a temperate

 climate, in areas that have an altitude of less than 5000 feet. Blooming season for

 this species occurs in the spring, while much of the other greenery is not present.


Conium maculatum in its natural habitat. Photo Credit: Matt Lavin from Bozeman, Montana, USA 


     C. maculatum is quite vicious and often times has been observed as a pioneer

 species, being one of the primary species to grow in an area that has been disrupted.

 This plant grows rapidly, dispossessing other native species, ruling out its

 competition. The main goal of this species is simple. The goal is to move in,

 reproduce and then die off. This comes at a cost for neighboring plant species. The

company of poison hemlock diminishes the quality of a habitat for surrounding

 organisms. In particular, this plant species primarily grows in waste areas and on

 terrestrial grounds that are not kept and refined. Some examples include timbered

 areas, low-lying rocky outcrops, fence rows and ditch banks.


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