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Annual Biennial

Daucus carota

wild carrot

The wild carrot is a tap-rooted biennial, its solid, ridged stems reaching 75cm in height. In summer it bears white umbels, tinged with pink in bud and sometimes in flower and the very central floret is dark red. Only this flower produces nectar. It can be identified from other umbellifers by the 3 forked bracts below the flowerhead. After flowering, these turn inwards giving the appearance of delicate baskets. Flowers are enjoyed by pollen and nectar feeders.

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
1–2 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Loam
Sand
Moisture
Well–drained
pH
Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Pink White Green
Autumn
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
Aspect

South–facing or East–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H7
Botanical details
Family
Apiaceae
Native to the UK
Yes
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Bushy
Genus

Daucus are more commonly known as wild carrot, a group of herbaceous, biennial (although not always) plants which can reach a height of between 30 to 60cm. The triangular shaped leaves are tripinnate, divided and lacy and flowers begin in pink buds, opening into small and white clustered together in dense umbels. The fruit is small, hairy and lumpy.

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Europe to India

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How to grow

Cultivation

Usually found in well-draining, infertile, chalky soils and in short turf, rough grass or lightly grazed pasture. Iit does not stand grazing of young shoots. Purple varieties have become fashionable in cutting gardens

Propagation

Propagate by seed in autumn as chilling is required to break dormancy

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Wildflower meadow
Pruning

None required

Pests

Trouble-free

Diseases

Trouble-free

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