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is this certainly wild carrot?

FireFire Posts: 17,352
I did direct sprinkle a load of wild carrot (Daucus carota) this spring - along with other seeds from the carrot family (a large genus) . Not a great deal happened this year. Now there are lots of these sprigs appearing.  Lots in the family look and smell so similar. Would you say that this is certainly well carrot - and therefore edible?



  • TopbirdTopbird Posts: 8,195
    No idea @Fire - looks more like a weird little alien doing the hokey-cokey to me😁
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  • wild edgeswild edges Posts: 9,926
    Wild carrot is one of those plants you have to treat with care due to similar family members being very toxic. Follow a good key if you can and never assume a plant is fine to eat unless totally sure.
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  • FireFire Posts: 17,352
    Thanks. I'm not planning to eat it.
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,365
    edited 18 September
    Root and leaf look like ours. I pull up loads of seedlings they go mad here, and yours look like ours.
    Like first year plants, they are biennial.
    I am pretty sure, we have grown them here for a few years now.
    Post next year when they have flowered, as per finger puppet mans link, the seed heads are pretty distinctive.

  • FireFire Posts: 17,352
    edited 18 September
    thanks @Rubytoo - that makes perfect sense. I hope it well self seed next year
  • I hope they seed for you, @fire. They're gorgeous. I'll post some photos later.
  • bédébédé Posts: 2,978
    I judge by seedhead and crushed leaf smell.  Better not to eat.
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  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 14,362
    There are so many similar plants it could be, I think seed heads would be the only reliable way to be sure.
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  • The flowers are pretty distinctive, or rather the lower bracts which are 3 forked.

    and then this is the seed head

    I think it's the most delicate of the umbellifers which helps it work with other plants. I have it with devil's bit scabious.
  • RubytooRubytoo Posts: 1,365
    I hope they seed for you, @fire. They're gorgeous. I'll post some photos later.
    Lovely photos,  and your description is what we like about them too.
    Ditto on hope they do well for you Fire.

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