Wild carrot (Queen Anne’s lace) – Daucus carota

Wild carrot plant

Wild carrot plant

Wild carrot flower

Wild carrot flower

Wild carrot leaf

Wild carrot leaf

Wild carrot seedling

Wild carrot seedling

Wild carrot (Queen Anne’s lace)

Daucus carota L.
Apiaceae (Carrot family)

Life cycle
Erect, fernlike biennial (a plant which blooms in its second year).

Leaves
First-year leaves originate from a basal rosette followed by an erect flowering stem with few leaves in the second year. Cotyledons are long, very narrow and thin. Leaves are doubly compound, fernlike and attached by long stalks inflated at the base. Damaged leaves will emit a carrotlike odor.

Stems
Erect, hollow, grooved, rough-hairy stems elongate during the second year, up to 5 feet tall with numerous branches.

Flowers and fruit
Numerous white flowers, often with a central purple flower, form terminal,
2- to 6-inch-wide, flat-topped clusters. Fruit have two egg-shaped sections; each section is yellow to grayish brown, flattened on one side and ridged with barbed spines.

Reproduction
Seeds.