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wild carrot weedThe Best Method to Control Wild Carrot Weed

While carrots are a favorite vegetable that many of us (including Bugs bunny) enjoy, there is another carrot that isn’t as popular, especially by lawn owners. That is the Wild Carrot which like a normal carrot, is edible but only when it’s young. While some may see it as an attractive addition to the garden, In most cases--especially when growing on turf, it is regarded as an invasive weed. Eliminating wild carrot from your yard may pose as a bit of a challenge but it can be done by implementing the correct techniques and using the proper herbicide.

To get rid of wild carrot (or any weed for that matter) you first need to know the background information on the weed and do a little bit of homework to see what conditions this type of weed likes, what it doesn’t like and then based on the information, approach with a control program. This is where we can best help.

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Our motto is, “Ask us, then do it yourself”. Aside from our customer service line where you can talk live to an expert, you can also email us your specific questions and concerns at askapro@solutionsstores.com and we’ll be happy to help guide you in the right direction.

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Step One: Identification. Before proceeding with control and removal, it’s important to make sure that the weed you are encountering on your lawn is actually wild carrot and not confused with a different lawn weed. Proper identification of the weed you wish to remove from your lawn will help you to understand what the weeds tendencies and characteristics are and can also point you in the right direction of which products can best treat that particular weed.

This is especially important because some common lawn weeds have a high tolerance or resistance to certain weed killers. There are also herbicides out there that are specifically labeled for oxalis while others are not. If you mistakenly ID a weed on your property as wild carrot when it is not, you may erroneously purchase a herbicide not meant for its control which will lead to disappointing results and end up being a waste of time and money.

Wild carrot can be identified by its very unique flower which is shaped like an upside down umbrella. The flowers are a cluster of small white petals. There is also a flower brax underneath the flower and will go around at the base or at the node where the flower joins at the stem. Usually there can be a purple floret in the center. The leaves of wild carrot look like domestic carrot leaves.


They are in a pinnate compound shape meaning that they are very sharply dividedby a midrib and it looks like multiple leaves when it is actually one whole leaf. There can be some variation within these leaves. The leaf stem is round and hairy and you will notice a very distinct groove running down it. The plant also smells like a vegetable carrot which can smell pleasant and make it easily identifiable.  The plant can actually grow six and a half to seven feet tall where it grows.


As always, if you are unsure whether or not the weed you are seeing is wild carrot or something else, you can contact us at identification@solutionsstores.com and send us a photo of your weed and we will identify it for you and suggest treatment options.


Step Two: Inspection. Once the plant has been properly Identified as wild carrot, you can then move to the inspection process. Wild carrot is a biennial plant which means it is a plant that takes two years to complete its biological lifecycle. It is a field loving plant and can be very active in fields, lawns, pastures, roadsides and along railroads. When conducting an inspection it helps to take note of what conditions the wild carrot thrives in. Wild carrot prefers areas with full sunlight and soil that has moist acidic soil. Wild carrot is adaptable and has a deep taproot which can make it difficult to eliminate effective via handpulling.


Wild carrot can grow prolifically without intervention and can avoid the lawn mower because of how low to the ground it grows. Once you have pinpointed where the wild carrot is concentrate then you will know where you should focus your control efforts.


Step Three: Control. As noted in step 2, because of its large taproot, manual means of control is not recommended. The best way to tackle this weed is via the use of chemical herbicides. Use a broadleaf weed killer. Read the label to ensure that wild carrot is on the label and so it is safe to use on your turfgrass. Based on our trials and experiences with wild carrot, we have found that Martins TopShot Herbicide Weed Killer or 2 4-D Amine Selective Weed Killer do a great job of keeping wild carrot under control. It's better to attack this plant in the first year of its life cycle because the younger the plant is, the more susceptible they are to chemical applications.


Step Four: Prevention. If you're able to successfully eliminate oxalis from your lawn, you need to be diligent in making sure the wild carrot problem doesn't make a comeback.  To stop wild carrot from popping up in lawns, make sure that you maintain thick, healthy turf. Fill up any bare spots in your lawn with sod or seed because that is where wild carrot weeds will eventually spring up. Try to increase shady areas since wild carrot thrives on full sunlight.

Mowing can be effective to prevent the wild carrot from going to seed. Mowing should be performed in conjunction with another type of management since it does not kill the plant. If you spot wild carrot returning in small infestations, manually dig them up and remove the tap roots and dispose of them in a bag.


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Learn More About Wild Carrot

Wild carrot (Daucus carota) is a biennial broadleaf weed which originated in Europe and Asia and is also popularly known by another name, Queen Anne’s lace, due to the resemblance of the plant being similar to that of the headdress that Queen Anne wore. The wild carrot name is derived from the fact that the weeds’ long white taproot, finely divided leaves and foliage is similar to that of cultivated carrots.

Being a biennial, the wild carrot grows as a rosette in the first year and begins to flower in its second year. The leaves, petioles and flower stems are densely hairy or completely hairless. Flowering wild carrot have the potential of growing up to 4 feet tall. The seedhead usually is made up of white flowers with occasionally a purple flower in the center. When it’s crushed, the odor is similar to a carrot.

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Wild Carrot Growth Habits

Wild carrot is found in a variety of habitats, including pastures, old fields, prairies and ditches. It spreads by seed, which is distributed by humans via activities, wind and animals. The seed has hooked spines that attach to clothing and animal fur. It can very easily outcompete other species and is a threat to native habitats. However, healthy native grasses and plants can suppress wild carrot over time.

Wild carrot usually thrive in areas that are largely undisturbed such as roadsides and railways, hay fields and pastures and on lawns and around buildings. If left undisturbed the weed can very quickly take over an area with a scattering of growth. In the first year the plant forms a rosette of leaves then flowers, produces seed and then dies the second year.


Wild carrot growth may be a particularly large problem on ranges and pastures due to it’s biology. Wild carrot leaves contain nitrates and if consumed by livestock, the nitrates in the leaves act as a poison which can affect the nervous system of cattle and cause death. Also people susceptible to allergies may find this plant can easily irritate their skin. For these reasons, aside from being an eyesore on a uniform lawn, finding a permanent way of eliminating the weed is even more vital.


Wild carrot bears a resemblance to a very toxic plant known as poison hemlock. However, poison hemlock reaches heights of 8 feet, and stems are hairless and have purple spots. Wild carrot reaches a height of 1 to 4 feet, but can grow larger but not as large as poison hemlock. The sap of wild carrot may also cause a rash. Protective gloves, long sleeves, and long pants should be worn when dealing with this plant.

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Wild Carrot Is Edible

Much like regular carrots, wild carrot is also an edible plant, however its best to eat it after the first year, not when it has already gone to flower. It is absent in beta-carotene which is present in commercial carrots but it does include vitamins C, D, E, K, B1 and b6, biotin potassium calcium masnesium and some trace minerals.

The flowerheads can be fried in oil and eaten as a fritter or a jelly can be obtained from the flower heads. The green or slightly brown seeds can be used as a seasoning in soups and stews, similar to caraway or celery seeds but stronger in flavor. Young leaves are edible but are bitter. First-year roots can be eaten raw or prepared like garden carrots. The roots can also be ground into a powder for a coffee substitute.


American Indians used this plant for its anti-inflammatory uses and also took it for diabetes and other home remedies by boiling the roots and drink it like water. There are also a number of other medicinal benefits. So if you are regularly dealing with wild carrot, you can choose to consume it and reap the healthy benefits it has.

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Best Products to Eliminate Wild Carrot

The best time to control wild carrot weeds with herbicide is when they are young and in their basal rosette stage. Wild carrot can be quite resistant as it matures and therefore you may have to conduct repeat applications. If all else fails and the wild carrot is not taking to any of these herbicides, you may have to resort to Roundup to get a guaranteed elimination of the plant.


  • Use a hand-pump sprayer with a fan tip nozzle. Spraying a fine mist is best when applying herbicides to wild carrot.

  • Remember that the label is the law. Be sure to look towards the instructions on the label for proper application and mixing rates.

  • When handling any pesticide be sure to wear the right protective equipment to cover your skin, eyes, nasal openings and mouth.

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