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American Wild Carrot

Daucus pusillus

Family: Apiaceae (ay-pee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Daucus (DO-kus) (Info)
Species: pusillus (pus-ILL-us) (Info)




Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Grown for foliage



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


Unknown - Tell us

Where to Grow:

Can be grown as an annual


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona

Beaverton, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Boerne, Texas

Lipan, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Santo, Texas

Falling Waters, West Virginia

Menasha, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 25, 2019, Anarchytime from Beaverton, OR wrote:

Hereís my review of the little carrot with potential...

Daucus pusillus/American wild carrot/Rattlesnake weed unofficial review.

The American wild carrot is a species of carrot that is native the entire Pacific Northwest, Southwest and Southern United States, along with British Columbia, CA.
Despite how widespread this edible plant is, there is little to no information on it, besides the fact that it is a plant that exists and is related to the more common wild carrot, Queen Anneís Lace. Daucus Pusillus was eaten raw and cooked by the native Americans, chewed up herbage of the plant was also used for treating snakebites.

To get to the root of the American wild carrot, you must dig around and under the ... read more


On May 28, 2007, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

American wild carrot (Daucus pusillus) is also known as rattlesnake weed and southwestern Carrot and is a plant that grows natively in many states. It is considered a noxious weed by many.

In Texas, it can be found growing in the South Texas Plains and the Edwards Plateau regions on barrens, meadows, plains, dry hills, roadsides, streambanks and waste areas. It is not picky about soil types. Simple to few-branched and erect, it grows 2 to 3 feet tall and its roots have a characteristic carrot odor. The leaves are fern-like and lacy (alternate, pinnate and compound). The stems are retrorsely-hispid (covered in rigid or bristly hairs that are directed back or downwards). The leaves are eaten by white-tailed deer.

It blooms March or April through June/July... read more


On May 28, 2007, bigcityal from Menasha, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Basically a roadside weed for this part of the world. The flowers are interesting to watch open, but in a garden setting it will seed itself everywhere and the long taproot make it hard to pull out.