Enjoy edible native plants but be wary of poisonous look-alikes

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Is this Queen Anne’s lace or the poisonous water hemlock? You must be 100 per cent sure before touching this plant. Hint: Queen Anne’s lace has a hairy stem and a tiny red flower in the centre (the legend is that Queen Anne pricked her finger and a drop of blood landed on the white lace she was making). Many other plants resemble this one.

Summer is here but it is not the same as any other. With COVID-19 still in the air, one way to stay safe and away from the crowds, while easily social-distancing, is to connect with nature by hiking, camping, kayaking or just by exploring the forests, lakes and fields of our beautiful province.