Wild Carrot (Daucus Carota)
It is one of the most common wild flowers growing in the countryside. It will be found on chalk grassland, sandy soils and in old meadows.
It is very recognisable with its white flower head and the foliage which is decorative. The leaves are similar to the cultivated varieties of carrot.
If sown on fertile soil the Daucus Carota plant can grow very tall, but still look attractive. When included in a meadow mixture it establishes well and will flower throughout the summer. When the flowers fade seed heads like ‘Birds’ nests are formed which add interest to a winter garden.
In the past seeds were used medicinally to treat things are such as coughs and Wild Carrot tea sometimes drunk. Daucus Carota also yields a strong green dye.
Flowering Season; June to August/September.
Height; Can grow from 45 to 60 centimetres.
Establishment; It is a biennial or a short lived perennial. It will grow on most soils but seems to last longer on chalk or light sandy soils, particularly if this own with Grasses. It can be grown from seed planted in early Autumn or Spring or established by plug plants. It self seeds readily.