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Queen Anne's lace, wild carrot
Daucus carota L.


Daucus carota is a biennial plant that is native to Europe and southwest Asia that grows to 3.3 ft. (1 m) in height.
Leaves are pinnately divided and deeply dissected into narrow segments.
The stem is coarsely hairy and, during flowering time, is topped with an umbel of small, white flowers. Sometimes there is a dark purple flower in the center of the umbel.
Fruits are 0.12-0.16 in. (3-4 mm) long.
Ecological Threat
Daucus carota can be found in sun to partial shade along roadsides, old fields and waste places.

General Description:

Daucus carota is a monocarpic perennial herb and a member of the parsley family (Umbelliferae, Fernald 1951; Ammiaceae, Rydberg 1971).

Diagnostic Characteristics:

A similar umbellifer, Carum carvi (caraway), is distinguished from D. carota by small umbellets that are separate from each other; inconspicuous, narrow bracts below the umbel; ribbed seeds without bristles that give the odor of caraway when crushed; and glabrous leaves and flower stalks.


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EDDMapS Distribution

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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Rosidae
Order: Apiales
Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Daucus

Other System Links

Plants: DACA6
Bayer: DAUCA
GRIN: 300172
ITIS: 29477
NPDN Host: 31793


Category: Forbs/Herbs