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Flowers of Wild Carrot

Daucus carota (common names include wild carrot, (UK) bird's nest, bishop's lace, and (US) Queen Anne's lace) is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, native to temperate regions of Europe, southwest Asia and northeast North America; domesticated carrots are cultivars of a subspecies, Daucus carota subsp. sativus.

Daucus carota is a variable biennial plant, usually growing up to 1 m tall and flowering from June to August. The umbels are claret-coloured or pale pink before they open, then bright white and rounded when in full flower, measuring 3–7 cm wide with a festoon of bracts beneath; finally, as they turn to seed, they contract and become concave like a bird's nest. The dried umbels detach from the plant, becoming tumbleweeds.


La Daucus carota o carota selvatica è una pianta appartenente al genere Daucus. Questa specie è comune in Italia. È la progenitrice delle carote coltivate. Le foglie basali e le radici hanno le stesse proprietà della carota coltivata. È considerata pianta infestante e si trova facilmente in estate in posti assolati ed in zone aride e sassose ma anche in tutti gli ambienti rurali e perfino alle periferie cittadine


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Taken on May 31, 2007