State Noxious: IA (SNW), MI (NW), OH (PNW), WA (CBW, NWSPQ)
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Scientific Name:Daucus carota
Common Name(s): Queen Annes Lace, Wild Carrot
Parts Used: root
Rick 23 Jul, 2008
A widespread hairy-stemmed biennial. Flower clusters flat-topped, lacy; often with a single purple flower in the center. Old clusters resemble birds' nests. Bracts stiff, 3-forked. Root white, smells of carrot. 2-3 ft. (60-90 cm). Found in fields and waste places. Flowers May-October. Use as a cooked vegetable. Prepare the first-year roots like garden carrots. CAUTION: Early leaves resemble Poison Hemlock but can be differentiated because the wild carrot stalks are hairy. See picture 2 below.
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mariemorris1221 6 May, 2012
The mature seeds of this plant has been used as an herbal contraceptive often called "The Morning After" herb. It makes the uterus too slippery to hold a fertilized egg. It can be used on most all female mammals to avoid conception. The seeds can also be used as a spice substitute for celery and is very flavorful. The leaves taste good too.