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Daucus pusillus - Michx.

Common Name Rattlesnake Weed, American wild carrot
Family Apiaceae or Umbelliferae
USDA hardiness 4-8
Known Hazards Skin contact with the sap is said to cause photo-sensitivity and/or dermatitis in some people[218].
Habitats Barrens, plains and dry hills[43]. Streambanks, roadsides and waste areas in Texas[274].
Range Western N. America.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (2 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full sun
Daucus pusillus Rattlesnake Weed, American wild carrot


Larry Allain @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Daucus pusillus Rattlesnake Weed, American wild carrot

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Daucus pusillus is a BIENNIAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in).
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 5 and is not frost tender. The seeds ripen from August to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Flies, beetles. The plant is self-fertile.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.

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Synonyms

Plant Habitats

 Meadow; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Root
Edible Uses:

Root - raw or cooked[46, 61, 105, 161, 257].

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Medicinal Uses

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Antipruritic  Blood purifier  Febrifuge  Poultice

The plant is antipruritic, blood purifier and febrifuge[257]. A decoction has been used to treat colds, itches, fevers and snakebites[257]. A poultice of the chewed plant has been applied to snakebites[257].

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

Attracts Wildlife

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Cultivation details

We have very little information on this plant, but it can be grown outdoors at least in southern Britain and probably in the north as well. It is likely to need a well-drained soil in a sunny position[K].

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Plant Propagation

Seed - sow August/September or April in situ. The seed germinates better if it is cold stratified, therefore the autumn sowing is liable to be more successful.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Daucus carotaWild Carrot, Queen anne's lace, Carrot, Wild Carrot, Queen Anne's LaceBiennial0.6 4-8 MLMHNM234
Daucus carota sativusCarrotBiennial1.2 4-10  LMHNM534

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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Michx.

Botanical References

43

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