Rattlesnake Weed (Daucus pusillus)

Daucus pusillus is a species of wild carrot known by the common names American wild carrot and rattlesnake weed. Its Latin name means “little carrot”, or “tiny carrot”. It is similar in appearance to other species and subspecies of wild carrot, with umbels of white or pinkish flowers.

The taproots are small, edible carrots. This is a common plant found in the southern U.S., including the Mojave Desert.

The roots are edible either raw or cooked. Do not confuse with Conium maculatum, it is highly poisonous.



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