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Wild carrot

Daucus carota

Carotte sauvage

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Daucus carota is exactly the same species as our garden carrots.
In flowers it is remarkable by its white flower head which looks like a fine lace.
In fruits or in buds the summit of the plant takes a shape of cup which we sometimes call "bird's nest".
Early in its blooming, the red central flower is quite visible.
Caution: Do not confuse Water hemlock (Cicuta maculata) or the Poison-hemlock (Conium maculatum), both violently poisonous and deadly, with this species.
Do not confuse also the Daucus carota with the Giant hogweed (Heracleum mantegazzianum) very irritating. (See the "Identification" tab)
Wild carrot (Daucus carota)
Wild carrot : 1- Flowerheads
Wild carrot : 2- Inflorescence
Wild carrot : 3- Buds
Wild carrot : 4- Flowering and in fruits plants
Wild carrot : 5- Young fruits
Wild carrot : 6- Fruits
Wild carrot : 7- Tuber
Wild carrot : 8- Young inflorescence with red central flower
Photos of  Daucus carota