Alexanders
Smyrnium olusatrum
Edible
Thick round stem, often appears stripy on closer examination. Stem firm and filled with pith. Leaf stem loosely 'U' shape with a slight flat top part.
Sweet Cicely

Myrrhis odorata

Edible
Strongly smells of aniseed, espeically when crushed. Stem round and hollow. Leaf stem round with a slight 'U' at the top and can be hollow which is more noticable towards the base of the leaf stem.
Common Hogweed
Smyrnium olusatrum
Edible - with Caution
Variable in colour from deep purple to green, hairy, ridged. Stem almost like a bolt with hollow centre. Leaf stem overall a deep 'V' shape with a shallow 'U' on the top. Sap can cause skin irritations  especially in bright sun-light. Edible when young. 
Wild Angelica
Angelica sylvestris
Edible
Stem has a distinctive 'U' shape on one side of the main stem, it is also hollow. The leaf stem is just a smaller version of the main stem, with a 'U' shape at the top and hollow in the middle.
Cow Parsley
Anthriscus sylvestris
 
Edible
Variable in colour, usually green but can be tinged to fully purple in some specimens (those growing under stress), slight downy. Edge of stem has slight ridges. Leaf stem 'V' shaped with a hollow stem towards the leaf stem base, less so at leaf end.
Wild Celery
Apium graveolens
Edible
Distinctive celery smell when crushed. Stem heavily ridged. Leaf stem typical 'celery' shape, shallow 'V' on the top with deep ridges on the bottom.
Hemlock
Conium maculatum
 
Deadly Poisonous
Stem spotted purple with a 'mouse' smell, unpleasant, not really downy or hairy. Stem round and hollow. Leaf stem round and hollow.
Hemlock Water-dropwort
Oenanthe crocata
Deadly Poisonous
Stem very uneven, with shallow ridges, can be hollow depending on age. Leaf stem uneven and angular, filled with pith.

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