The Q&A Archives: Recognizing Seedlings

Question: How can I tell the difference between beginning carrots and a local weed that looks the same?

Answer: It is very difficult to distinguish between a carrot and Queen Anne's Lace, which in many areas is a noxious weed, sometime called Wild Carrot or Devil's Plague. The carrot has a fleshy root, and Queen Anne's Lace doesn't. I always plant my carrots in rows, so I can better distinguish between the carrot seedlings and weeds. <br><br>(The best control for Queen Anne's Lace is to plow it under before it produces seeds. It is a hardy plant and spreads<br>rapidly.)

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