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Daucus pusillus (American wild carrot)
Stone, Robert L.

Daucus pusillus

Daucus pusillus Michx.

American Wild Carrot, Rattlesnake-weed, Wild Carrot

Apiaceae (Carrot Family)


USDA Symbol: DAPU3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), HI (I?), CAN (N)

Often mistaken for Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota), Wild Carrot blooms in flat clusters; when flowers pass, pedicels turn upward into a "bird's nest"; when seeds ripen, spreads open again facilitating adhesion to passing animals.

Queen Anne's Lace has a deep purple central flower.


From the Image Gallery

8 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual , Biennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Schizocarp
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May


USA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , FL , GA , HI , ID , IL , KS , LA , MO , MS , NC , NM , OK , OR , SC , TN , TX , VA , WA
Canada: BC


Use Food: Roots are edible.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 0402 Collected Jun 3, 1993 in Comal County by Mary Beth White

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-23 Collected 2006-05-29 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Web Reference

Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Daucus pusillus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Daucus pusillus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Daucus pusillus


Record Modified: 2023-03-08
Research By: TWC Staff

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