Weed of the Week: Wild Carrot

Wild Carrot (Daucus carota):

Wild Carrot, also known as queen anne’s lace, is a biennial broadleaf plant. Wild carrot forms a rosette of leaves the first year, then flowers, produces seed, and dies the second year. It forms a deep, whitish taproot that has a distinctive carrot odor.

Wild Carrot Root

Wild Carrot Root

Mature plants reach 2 to 4 feet tall and have erect stems and few branches. Leaves divide several times, forming many long, narrow segments. Leaves on the lower part of the plant have stalks. Those on the upper part of the plant are attached directly to the stem. White flowers are clustered at the end of the stem in a flat, umbrellalike structures (umbels) 2 to 4 inches in diameter.



Wild Carrot Flower

Wild Carrot Flower








Wild carrot is most likely to thrive under low- or no-maintenance conditions. It is extremely suited for dry, infertile locations such as our roadsides. Because wild carrot is a biennial it relies on exposed soil for germinating seed. Wild carrot is a common progression weed in fields that have been previously tilled and will often dominate in the second year. Vigorous stands of forage will likely prevent a second generation from establishing. Best time to spray with a herbicide is when it is in the basal rosette stage.

Wild Carrot in basal rosette stage

Wild Carrot in basal rosette stage


Select Herbicide Options:


2, 4-D Amine

GrazonNext HL

Grazon P+D


Chaparral (for bermudagrass pastures, will destroy bahiagrass)

Pastora (for bermudagrass pastures, will destroy bahiagrass)

REMEMBER: THE LABEL IS THE LAW!  Always read the pesticide label before using.


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