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Daucus carota

Wild carrot

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Daucus carota

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Daucus carota is the wild form of the cultivated carrot, which flowers from midsummer to autumn and attracts a wide range of insects including bees, beetles and hoverflies. Flowers have a delicate, lacy quality, making them a good choice for informal borders and wildflower schemes.

After flowering, the flowerhead folds inward to develop a concave seedhead, resembling a birds' nest. This remains throughout winter. Daucus carota self-seeds readily. 

Family: Apiaceae

Genus: Daucus

Species: carota

Plant type: Biennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 20cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November

Flowering period: June to September

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