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Wild Carrot

Daucus carota

Plant Data

Order:
Apiales
Family:
Apiaceae (Carrot)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Our only white umbellifer with forked bracts emerging from beneath the flower. Umbel up to 7cm, folding inwards while in fruit. Often with a red flower in the centre.
Fruit:
The fruit is a distinctive cup-shaped, hooked and spiny umbel. The fruit can cling to the fur of passing animals and clothing, thus scattering the seeds far and wide to new locations.
Leaves:
The leaves are feathery; bi-pinnate or tri-pinnate.
Maximum Size:
75cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves of Wild Carrot can cause phytophotodermatitis. This may cause the skin to erupt with rashes and blisters. Despite that, the leaves are edible in small quantities. The roots are also edible but only while they are young as they become woody with age.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Aroma:
The roots smell of carrots.
Other Names:
Bees' Nest, Bird's Nest, Bird's Nest Root, Bird's Nest Weed, Bishop's Lace, Bishop's Weed, Devil's Plague, Garden Carrot, Goutweed, Greater Ammi, Large Bullwort, Queen Anne's Lace.
Habitats:
Cliffs, grassland, hedgerows, meadows, roadsides, seaside.