Daucus carota

Daucus carota

Wild carrot

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Daucus carota
  • Common name: Wild carrot
  • Plant type: Vegetable

Height: 60cm

Spread: 8cm

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive seed-heads, Attractive to wildlife

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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. 

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Front, Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Succeeds on poor soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers, Seeds for birds, Caterpillar food plant

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

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