Botanical Name: Daucus pusillus
Species: D. pusillus
*Babiron pusillum Raf.
*Daucus brevifolius Raf.
*Daucus hispidifolius Clos
*Daucus montevidensis Link ex Spreng.
*Daucus scaber Larrañaga
*Daucus scaber Nutt.
*Daucus scadiophylus Raf.
Common Names: American wild carrot and Rattle-snake-weed. Latin name means “little carrot”, or “tiny carrot”
Habitat: Daucus pusillus is native to Western N. America. It grows on the barrens, plains and dry hills. Streambanks, roadsides and waste areas in Texas.
Daucus pusillus is an annual/ binnial herb, growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.3 m (1ft in). The herb grows erect, slender stem, usually single stem, short stiff hairs, bristly.Leaves are green; petiole long up to 6 inches, margins pinnatisect, 3 or 4 times. Flower are white; flowers on tip of slender stem surrounded by supporting structure of bracts, an involucre, fruit is oblong. Flowering Season is March to May, blooms later in California; April to June.
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.
Through Seeds – 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.
Edible Uses: Roots are edible -eaten raw or cooked.
The plant is antipruritic, blood purifier and febrifuge. A decoction has been used to treat colds, itches, fevers and snakebites. A poultice of the chewed plant has been applied to snakebites.
Known Hazards: Skin contact with the sap is said to cause photo-sensitivity and/or dermatitis in some people.
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