Daucus carota (Wild Carrot)

Full Sun
Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type:
Mainly dry
Soil Type:
Moist But Well-Drained
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Plant Overview

The British native wild carrot. White umbel shaped flowers of white, or very pale pink, from June to September. After flowering, the flowerhead folds inward to develop a concave head of seeds, resembling a birds’ nest. This remains throughout winter.

Wild carrot has a host of common names, including Bird's Nest, Bishop's Lace, and Queen Anne's Lace. 

The root is edible while young, but becomes woody with age. The leaves and flowers can also be eaten, except in large quantities, and the flowers are sometimes battered and fried.

Will seed itself gently if seed heads are left on. An important native plant, loved by our bees, other pollinators and beetles.

Grow in a mixed flower border or in a wildlife garden, meadow or verges. Drought tolerant when established.

Can be used for cut flower displays.

Height: 30-60cm

Myth and Legend

The age-old belief, that carrots will help improve eyesight, was used as propaganda during the Second World War. It was claimed that RAF pilots were being given extra carrots so they would have an advantage over their German counterparts. In reality, it was the invention of radar that enabled them to see the enemy coming, not carrots!

In dreams carrots signify strength and profit for those pursuing an inheritance 

Common name(s): Bishop's Lace, Wild carrot, Queen Anne's Lace, Bee's Nest, Crow's Nest, Fiddle, Kex, Pig's Parsley, Rantipole.

All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter and early spring, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.
Please note: We do our best to provide acurate photographs of the plants we sell, but colours display differently on different screens, printers and in different light and we cannot guarantee that what you are seeing on your screen, or on the plant label provided, will exactly match the plant when it flowers in your garden.