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Daucus carota – Wild Carrot or Queen Anne’s Lace

Daucus carota plantDaucus carota flower

Daucus carota – Wild Carrot or Queen Anne’s Lace as it is more commonly known – has been classified as a noxious weed in some parts of the US.  It is seen in parts of the Okanagan too, often along highways, and is just beginning to emerge along with other more welcome plants.  It spreads readily by seed and it has been estimated that each plant may produce from 1,000 to 40,000 seeds!  It can compete with natural grasses and other plant species, as well it may be mildly toxic to livestock. It is believed that if consumed in large enough quantities, it can taint cow’s milk.

Botanical Name: Daucus carota

Common Name: Wild Carrot or Queen Anne’s Lace

Plant Type: Annual or short lived perennial

Habit: Upright tap-rooted herb which can reach up to 4 feet tall.

Appearance: It is quite a lovely looking plant with green fern like leaves and pretty white flower clusters. The entire plant is covered in coarse hairs.  Looks very similar to carrot plants.

 

 

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