Appearance:Biennial herbaceous plant, 3 - 4' tall, consists of one or several hairy hollow stems, growing from one central stem, each with an umbrella-shaped flower cluster at the top. Plant smells like a carrot, it is the ancestor of the garden carrot. Appears as rosette in its first year.
Leaves: Alternate, start immediately below the flower, increasing in size down the stem. They are pinnately divided (leaflets are arranged on both sides of a common stalk).
Flowers: Compound, flat-topped umbels (small umbels within a large umbel) umbels becoming concave when mature; bloom May through October.
Seeds: Barbed small seeds, promotes dispersal by animals and wind, seeds stay viable in the soil for 1- 2 years.
Roots: Slender, woody taproot, carrot-like in smell and taste.