Toxic parts

Take great care when collecting D. carota ssp. carota. To an untrained eye it can appear very similar to the deadly poisonous Conium maculatum (Hemlock). When young the stems of D. carota ssp. carota are covered in small hairs, where the stems of Conium maculatum are hairless and often covered in purple blotches[5].


low toxicity

Carrots sometimes cause allergic reactions in some people[6]. Skin contact with the sap is said to cause photo-sensitivity and/or dermatitis in some people[7].

Daucus carota ssp. carota has been reported to contain acetone, asarone, choline, ethanol, formic acid, HCN, isobutyric acid, limonene, malic acid, maltose, oxalic acid, palmitic acid, pyrrolidine, and quinic acid. Reviewing research on myristicin, which occurs in nutmeg, mace, black pepper, carrot seed, celery seed, and parsley, Buchanan (J. Food Safety 1: 275, 1979) noted that the psychoactive and hallucinogenic properties of mace, nutmeg, and purified myristicin have been studied. It has been hypothesized that myristicin and elemicin can be readily modified in the body to amphetamines. Handling carrot foliage, especially wet foliage, can cause irritation and vesication. Sensitized photosensitive persons may get an exact reproduction of the leaf on the skin by placing the leaf on the skin for awhile, followed by exposure to sunshine[8].
The given value was not understood.

Edible uses


Daucus carota ssp. carota can bear a strong resemblance to an unrelated poisonous plant! See notes on toxicity and if in any doubt do not eat any part of this plant.


Dried, Roasted as a Roasted drink, Coffee substitute
Cooked as a Vegetable


Fried as a Vegetable

Material uses

An essential oil obtained from the seed has an orris-like scent[9]. It is used in perfumery and as a food flavouring[6][9]. The oil has also been used cosmetically in anti-wrinkle creams[9].

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Medicinal uses(Warning!)

The wild carrot is an aromatic herb that acts as a diuretic, soothes the digestive tract and stimulates the uterus[9]. A wonderfully cleansing medicine, it supports the liver, stimulates the flow of urine and the removal of waste by the kidneys[10].

The whole plant is anthelmintic, carminative, deobstruent, diuretic, galactogogue, ophthalmic, stimulant[11][12][13][14][15][16]. An infusion is used in the treatment of various complaints including digestive disorders, kidney and bladder diseases and in the treatment of dropsy[11][9]. An infusion of the leaves has been used to counter cystitis and kidney stone formation, and to diminish stones that have already formed[10]. Carrot leaves contain significant amounts of porphyrins, which stimulate the pituitary gland and lead to the release of increased levels of sex hormones[10]. The plant is harvested in July and dried for later use. A warm water infusion of the flowers has been used in the treatment of diabetes[17]. The grated raw root, especially of the cultivated forms, is used as a remedy for threadworms[17][18][10]. The root is also used to encourage delayed menstruation[17]. The root of the wild plant can induce uterine contractions and so should not be used by pregnant women[17]. A tea made from the roots is diuretic and has been used in the treatment of urinary stones[18].

The seeds are diuretic[17][7], carminative, emmenagogue and anthelmintic[11][7]. An infusion is used in the treatment of oedema, flatulent indigestion and menstrual problems[9]. The seed is a traditional 'morning after' contraceptive and there is some evidence to uphold this belief. It requires further investigation[18]. Carrot seeds can be abortifacient and so should not be used by pregnant women[10].


Ecosystem niche/layer

Ecological Functions

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Seed - sow August/September or April in situ. The seed germinates better if it is given a period of cold stratification.

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Prefers a sunny position and a well-drained neutral to alkaline soil[19][9].

A good plant for the summer meadow[19], it is a food plant for caterpillars of the Swallow-tail Butterfly[20]. This species is the parent of the cultivated carrot[20]. It can act as an alternative host for pests and diseases of the cultivated carrots. The plant has become a pest weed in N. America, where it is spreading rapidly and crowding out native vegetation[21].

The whole plant, when bruised, gives off an aniseed-like scent[22].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Daucus carota ssp. carota
Imported References
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
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Material uses
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Medicinal uses
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Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
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Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
full sun
no shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
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    Native Geographical Range
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    Native Environment
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    Ecosystem Niche
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    Root Zone Tendancy
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    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
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    Mature Size
    0.6 x 0.3
    Flower Colour
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