Wild carrot

Daucus carota | Also known as: Bishop's lace, Queen Ann's lace | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

Wild carrot: if you've got rabbits in your garden, grow these and it might make them see in the dark. Or not.

Daucus carota or wild carrot grows up to a metre in height, with umbrella shaped clusters of pink buds which open out into white flowers and an edible root. Eventually the seed heads detach from the plant and tumble across the ground to spread their seeds. The root of this species must be eaten when it is young as it gets too woody to eat as it ages. The flower heads can also be fried and eaten, they have a carrot-like flavour. It will grow in poor, dry and infertile soil. It will also grow well in chalky soil and coastal areas. It won't grow in the shade so make sure it has a sunny spot.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.7 - 1
Spread [m]
  • 0.4
Dominant flower colour
  • Inconspicuous or absent
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Mid summer
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
Growth habit
  • Branching
  • Erect
  • Tall
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z9
Heat zone
  • H10-1
Winter temperatures [°C]
  • -7 - -1
Heat days
  • 0 - 180
  • well-drained
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Full sun
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Vegetables & herbs
  • Vegetables
Grown for
  • None
Creative category
  • Kid Approved
  • Fast growing
  • Outdoor food
Garden type
  • Kitchen garden
Gardening expertise
  • intermediate
Time to reach full size
  • Less than one year
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Wild carrot 'Adelaide'

PLANTS Daucus carota 'Adelaide'

Daucus carota 'Adelaide' is commonly known as Carrot ‘Adelaide’. It's a variety of carrot that matures very early, perfect for an early crop of delicious sweet carrots. The foliage is short and curly, and the root, which of course is the part you eat, is smooth skinned and a bright orange colour. This variety is sweet and crunchy, a great source of Vitamin A. Eaten raw you'll retain all the nutrients however they're very tasty when cooked too. Give them well-drained soil and plenty of sun and you should have delicious carrots ready to eat by late summer.

Wild carrot 'Gonsenheimer Treib'

PLANTS Daucus carota 'Gonsenheimer Treib'

Daucus carota 'Gonsenheimer Treib' is commonly known as Carrot 'Gonsenheimer Treib'. This variety is the earliest to yield carrots that are medium-sized and blunt ended. Grow in full sun and well-drained soil.