Origin: Central Asia, but spread around much of Europe/Asia by 2-3000 BCE
Scientific Name: Daucus carota
Folk Names: Bee’s nest, bird’s nest, bishop’s lace, Queen Anne’s lace
Parts used: Root, seeds
Magical Properties: Fertility, sexuality, healing
Part Used: Seeds
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Flash Point: 54°C
Scent Type: Herbaceous
Perfume Note: Middle
Scent Description: Herbaceous, earthy, and slightly spicy
Blends well with: Bergamot, juniper, lavender, citrus
- Avoid during pregnancy.
The domestic carrot is the subspecies sativus, which has been selectively bred for its larger and less woody taproot.
Wild carrot is very similar in appearance to poison hemlock.
Type: Biennial herb
Plant size: 30-60cm
Leaves: Finely-divided, lacy leaves
Flowers: Small, white flowers in dense umbels 8-10cm across, occasionally with a red or purple-ish flower in the centre
Etymology: The word carrot has been traced back to the Indo-European root ker (horn), in reference to its horn-like shape. In Old English, the carrot (which was whiter in colour) was not distinguished linguistically from parsnips - they were called moru/more (from the Proto-Indo-European mork, for “edible root”).
In the Garden
Type: Root vegetable
Light: Full sun to partial shade
Soil: Light, well-draining soil
Companion Planting: Rosemary, sage, chives, lettuce, leek, onions, peas, tomato
- Carrot seedlings are particularly vulnerable to slugs.
- Can be harvested year-round.
- Carrots are generally ready to harvest 3-4 months after planting.