Seed
Seedling
Flowering Plant

Wild Carrot

Wild Flower

(Daucus carota)

This is a reliable pioneer species, which is quick to germinate and establish. It is found across the UK and Western Europe.

Uses

Persistence

This species is normally seen as a short term biennial plant, allowing the plant to seed will encourage it to remain in the sward.

Strengths

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.

Distinguishing characteristics

Seed

Seed
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.

Seedling

Seedling
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.

Flowering Plant

Flowering 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.

Additional Info

Flowers June-September. This species is tall and can reach up to 100cm in height.

You can find Wild Carrot in the following mixtures