Wild Carrot (Photo: Laurie Campbell)
Don’t expect to see nice juicy orange carrots in the ground under these flowers – the roots of this plant are white and woody. But it is possible to eat them if you boiled them for long enough!
Its leaves and seeds were used in the past more often than the roots
– the leaves (which have a faint carroty smell) were used to decorate ladies’ head-dresses
– the seeds were used to cure coughs.
Nowadays, the oil from the seeds is used in anti-wrinkle creams!
The flowers of wild carrot can be any colour from pale pink to deep purple. In some places it is quite a tall plant, but in Harris it is usually quite short.
by Alison Tyler