WILD CARROT, Daucus
carota L. 1, entire plant; 2, flower head; 3,
head in seed; 4, seed. Biennial, reproducing by seeds. In
first year, produces rosette of finely divided leaves and fleshy taproot;
in second year blooms and dies. Stem (second year) erect, 1 to 3
feet (30 to 90 cm) tall, hairy, stout, and branched at top. Leaves
alternate, finely pinnately divided, hairy, with distinct carrotlike odor.
Flowers small, with 5 white petals, borne in umbels at ends of branches.
Seeds 1/8 inch (3 mm) or less long, one side flattened, the other
rounded and showing 4 heavy long-bristled ridges with smaller ones between.
The outside seed-bearing stalks curve in sharply as they mature. Found
in meadows, pastures, and roadsides; not in cultivated fields. Also known
as Queen Anne's lace.