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Wild Carrot (B) — Daucus carota — Family: Apiaceae — Carrot

© Copyright 2004-2014, Ronald Calhoun.
© Copyright 2004-2014, Ronald Calhoun.
© Copyright 2004-2014, Ronald Calhoun.
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One of the two most common weeds of Midwestern roadsides. Wild carrot (Queen Anne's-lace) is a biennial that forms a carrot-like taproot that allows it to survive the harsh, gravely, nutrient deficient conditions that it thrives in.

The leaves of wild carrot are very dissected and alternate. All plant parts have a strong carrot-like odor.

Flowers are white in a flat-topped compound umbel (2-4" diameter) produced in the second year on a tall stalk.