Umbellifers bloom in varying shades of chocolate, burgundy red, dusky pink and almost white. Wild Carrot is sometimes called Chocolate Queen Anne’s Lace or Chocolate Lace Flower.
Umbellifer is from the Latin for umbella ‘parasol’, it relates to the shape of the flowers.
Perfect to stop arrangements from being ‘too polite’ giving endless floral combinations as well as garden a brilliant backdrop!
Autumn sown plants can tower at almost 7 feet tall, Wild Carrot looks gorgeous planted en-masse.
Keep a couple of plants in pots until Spring to fill any gaps in your borders.
How to grow:
Preferring fluctuating temperatures for germination, I simply sow my seeds in October, one seed per cell. Sowing in cells will limit any disturbance of the carrot shaped tap root. Plants are very hardy and require a period of ‘cool weather’ growing to gain size.
Provide support, Spring Showers can make flower heads heavy.
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Variety: Daucus carota dara
Type: Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun in free draining soil.
Sow: Spring or Autumn
Germination: Up to 30 days
Harvest: May/June – July
Seeds: 150 approx.
Cutting /Vase Life:
Cut when almost all of the flowers on a stem are open. If harvested too early the young sappy stems have a tendency to wilt. You can feel them thicken and become more rigid as stems mature. Place flowers straight into ready buckets of water. We rest our stems for a few hours in water, this is called conditioning.