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Wild carrot?

Discussion in 'Plant Identification' started by TechnoCheese, Apr 17, 2019.

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    TechnoCheese Well-Known Member

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    I’ve had this in my yard for a while, but always thought it was something toxic. Recently, though, I decided to uproot one, and I realized that it could be carrot. I took a very small nibble of a (clean) root, and it does taste like one.
    What do you guys think?
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    Could it also be poison hemlock?
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    Sure does look like carrot. How does it taste?
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    Carroty. It doesn’t have the purple splotches associated with hemlock and it doesn’t smell musty when crushed, but it also doesn’t have the hairy stem commonly seen with carrots. I think I leaning towards carrots, though, because they’re a lot shorter than hemlock usually is, although that could be because they’re young.
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    Alright, I think I’m going with carrots. They smell and taste like carrots, and if it had been hemlock, I would have experienced some side effects from touching it, let alone eating it, by now, lol
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    Hemlock would be pretty tall by now and honestly now that I know what hemlock looks like it, it looks very different than carrot to me. The stems get thicker and it develops more obviously branch-like bits.

    If it smells like carrots, I think you already nailed it.

    My tortoise won’t eat wild or domesticated carrot so I wish you luck!
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    Yeah, Curtis took a few excited bites, and then left it. We’ll see if he eats the rest, lol
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    Same with koopa. Gave her the topstems and leaves yesterday she ate them, today she did not.
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