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Carrot-leaf Wild Celery

Photo by Bob Gress

Common Name: Carrot-leaf Wild Celery

Scientific Name: Lomatium foeniculaceum

Family: Parsley

Longevity: Perennial

Height: 4 - 10 inches

Bloom Period: April, May


Description: This plant is stemless. Leaves spread from the root crown. Leaves are triangular and finely dissected. Small, yellow flowers are crowded into broad heads.

Comments: This plant has a distinct, celery-like odor, and the leaves have a pronounced celery flavor. Prior to European settlement, the thick tap root of many species of Lomatium was highly prized in trading. The roots were eaten raw, baked, roasted and ground into meal and shaped into flat cakes. Carrot-leaf Wild Celery begins growth and reaches maturity in early spring. It is found in the eastern two-thirds of the state on prairie hillsides and rocky soils.

Photo by David Welfelt