The wild carrot, which is also known as daucus carota and Queen Anne’s lace, is from the Apiaceae family. This flowering plant is originally from Europe and South West Asia, but it has now also become common in Australia and North America. It grows in free-draining soils and can often be found in rough grasslands.
Daucus carota typically grows between one and two feet high and its leaves are tripinnate with a triangular appearance. The white flowers are produced in the second year of the plant’s growth. The root of the wild carrot is edible, however it can only be eaten while it is young as it quickly becomes too hard.
The wild carrot is considered to be a beneficial weed, because it a suitable companion plant for a variety of crops. For example, research has indicated that when the wild carrot species is grown near tomato plants, the yield of the latter is increased.
This plant tends to require little weed control, however it becomes a problem when it grows quickly and widely in weedy pastures. Lawn maintenance is best achieved with the wild carrot by mowing the weed before the seeds have chance to mature. Using broadleaf herbicides while the weed is growing is another effective lawn care measure.
Growth of the wild carrot can also be controlled in its established and over-wintered phases. While it’s trickier to conduct lawn service at this time, a glyphosate herbicide produces good weed control results.
As the wild carrot reproduces by seed, it grows rapidly and is therefore it’s not advised for the seeds to be planted in a garden. Each umbel from a wild carrot plant can produce up to 1,000 seeds which can remain present in the soil for up to seven years. If choosing to grow the daucus carota, the weed needs little watering.