Daucus Carota, Wild Carrot

Inland plants are daucus carota ssp carota (wild carrot), while the majority of the coastal plants are daucus carota ssp gummifer (sea carrot), differing in its fleshier leaves with blunter lobes, and umbels which, towards the fruiting stage, are flat or convex rather than concave.

Common name:
Wild carrot
Scientific name:
Daucus carota
Main flower color:
Most of England and Wales, and some coastal areas of Scotland
Up to 100 cm
Grassland, rocky places, roadsides; often near the coast
Pink in bud, otherwise white, in closely-spaced compound umbels, on top of ridged, solid, densely bristly stems. Flowers towards the edge of each umbel have larger petals than those at the centre. In the middle of the inflorescence is a single dark red flower, while a ring of forked bracts circles the base. Bracteoles are also present, and may too be branched
Three times pinnately divided, into relatively broad leaflets
June to September