A biennial herb of fairly infertile, well-drained, often calcareous, soils. Habitats include disturbed or open turf on chalk downs, rough grassland on roadsides, waysides and railway banks, quarries, chalk- and gravel-pits, and waste ground. 0?400 m (Connor Hill, S. Kerry).
The map suggests a decline in D. carota at the northern fringes of its range. Three subspecies are recognised in our area: subsp. carota (Wild Carrot) occurs throughout the range of the species, the cultivated subsp. sativus (Carrot) is a casual on tips and a relic of cultivation, and subsp. gummifer is mapped separately.
Eurosiberian Southern-temperate element, but widely naturalised so that distribution is now Circumpolar Southern-temperate.
PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.