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Rattlesnake Weed
Daucus pusillus
About Rattlesnake Weed (Daucus pusillus) 1 Nurseries Carry This Plant Daucus pusillus is a species of wild carrot known by the common names American wild carrot and rattlesnake weed. 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 along the west coast of North America from Baja California to British Columbia; as an example occurrence in Baja California, D. pusillus occurs in association with Mimulus aridus and Adiantum jordanii.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

3 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Pink, White

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Part Shade


Soil Drainage
Soil Drainage

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Rocky or sandy places

Annual Precipitation: 5.6" - 117.2", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 2.96", Coldest Month: 31.1" - 57.4", Hottest Month: 55.6" - 83.9", Humidity: 0.01" - 34.54", Elevation: -130" - 6407"

Alternative Names
Common Names: American Wild Carrot, Rattlesnake Carrot, Southwest Wild Carrot

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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