Wild Carrot and Buddleia

Wild carrot, an amazing native wildflower and ancestor of our edible cultivar, grows abundantly in our mostly wild garden, with a particularly fine show last year, seen here with the buddleia.

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I love the dark red spot in the cente of the flower and its birdsnest seedheads. In fact bird’s nest is one of its common names.

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Wild carrot is an edible plant but the root is very small and gets tough with age. Its smell is strong and… carroty. As with most umbellifers make sure you are in no doubt as to what it is before you try eating any.

You don’t want to end up like Socrates.

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