Other common names:
Bird's Nest, Queen Anne's Lace|
Parsley Family (Apiaceae)
Root resembles and smells like carrots. Flat-topped umbel of white flowers. Dry fields.
Water Hemlock (Cicuta maculata) - grows in wet areas - DEADLY POISONOUS.
Bulb-bearing Water Hemlock (Cicuta bulbifera) - grows in wet areas - DEADLY POISONOUS.
Chinese Hemlock Parsley (Conioselinum chinense)
Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum) - DEADLY POISONOUS.
Caraway (Carum carvi)
Water Parsnip (Sium suave) - Flower umbel similar; grows in wet areas; leaves very different.
Japanese Hedge Parsley (Torilis japonica) - Flower umbel is very open and consists of several small clusters of flowers.
Summer, Autumn; White; 5 parts (petals); Flat-topped white umbel, often with a solitary purple flower in the center. Summer & fall.
Up to 1 m (1-4 ft)
Fields and Open Areas; Dry fields.
Root is edible - tastes like carrots. The first year roots are the best.
Root is edible - tastes like carrots.
Newcomb's Wildflower Guide: 220
Peterson's Field Guide to Wildflowers: 48
ROM Field Guide to Wildflowers of Ontario: 127
I have provided a lot of photos of this plant, in order to help you distinguish it from its poisonous look-alikes. Although this plant is edible, be very careful not to confuse Wild Carrot with other similar species, some of which are DEADLY POISONOUS. Be sure that the plant you think is Wild Carrot actually smells like carrots. And that it is growing in a dry field.
Queen Anne's Lace, from The Monday Garden, by Sue Sweeney
Weeds of Summer: Queen Anne's Lace, from The Monday Garden, by Sue Sweeney
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