This is a reliable pioneer species, which is quick to germinate and establish. It is found across the UK and Western Europe.
This species is normally seen as a short term biennial plant, allowing the plant to seed will encourage it to remain in the sward.
This species is fast and reliable to establish, although due to its rapid growth it may not persist in the long term.
Ideal Sowing Time
Sow in the autumn as cold temperatures ensure the seed dormancy is broken.
This seed is segment shaped, with a pale white to green colour. It has a papery, rough texture and an angular surface. It is 3-4mm in length.
The seedling produces a pair of long, thin cotyledones, much longer than they are wide. The first true leaves have the traditional feathery, divided apperance of the garden carrot plant.
Wild carrot is a strong, upright plant with a ridged stem. The leaves are pinnate, with narrow segments, it has a simailr feathery apperance to the common carrot leaf. The flower head has an umbeliferous shape with small white petals. As the flower head matures it becomesconcave in shape and will stand long into the winter. It thick taproots have an aroma similar to cultivated carrots.
Flowers June-September. This species is tall and can reach up to 100cm in height.
You can find Wild Carrot in the following mixtures