Daucus carota subsp. sativus
It seems that carrots as a domesticated crop may have originated in Central Asia and traveled along the Silk Road, originally as a slender purple root and later as the more common orange vegetable we know and love. Wild Carrot, also known as Queen Anne’s Lace, now grows commonly throughout N. America and will readily cross pollinate with our domesticated carrot crops making seed saving of this biennial an arduous task. Carrots need well drained soil, warmth and moisture for their somewhat lengthy germination. A good trick is to sow them into a well prepared bed and after watering thoroughly cover the bed with a board or landscape fabric to keep moisture in the soil and check after one week or even longer for the first skinny sprouts then uncover. Carrots should be thinned once the greens are about two inches tall allowing sufficient space between each plant for unimpeded growth. Maturity date is from seedling emergence not sowing.