Latin name:  Daucus carota

Family: Umbelliferae, parsley family

Common name: wild carrot

Life cycle: biennial.  In first year it produces a rosette, in second year it blooms and dies.
Habit:  During the first year, the rosette is bushy and mounded, 4 to 6 inches tall and up to 18 inches in diameter.  During the second year, flower stalks can grow up to 3 feet in height.
Foliage: Alternate, finely dissected, and pubescent.  When leaves are crushed, some believe they smell like carrots.
Flower:  Small, white, each with 5 petals.  Flower clusters are called umbels, and each umbel contains many individual flowers.  Umbels form at the terminal end of flower stalks.

Seedlings:  Cotyledons are long and narrow, and in the absence of first true leaves, may be mistaken for grasses.  First true leaves are deeply dissected.

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