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botanical name:
Daucus carota
Daucus carota © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Wild Carrot, Queen Anne's Lace
family:  Apiaceae
characteristics: annual/biennial
height: 1.00m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: medium
growth habit:
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: purple
stem/bark: green
main season: Summer
medicinal symbol medicinal
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, clay soil, sandy soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: neutral-alkaline
minimum temp: -25°C
USDA zone: 5 to 9
description:
Biennial wildflower of erect, branching habit, growing from a large tap-root. Very finely divided bi-pinnate leaves. Large umbels of small white flowers with a red-purple floret in the centre, produced in mid and late summer. Spiny purple seed cases follow.

cultivation:
Well drained, preferably neutral to alkaline soil. Best in a sunny position. Will grow in sandy areas near the sea.

propagation:
From seed.

usage:
Sometimes used as a medicinal herb.

An essential oil is extracted from the seed.

other notes:
Probably native to western Asia and the Mediterranean, but now found wild in many areas.

Parent of the cultivated carrot.

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