Dara' adds a soft, airy, elegance to the garden and fresh or dried flower arrangements. It is also called ornamental carrot or false Queen Anne's lace. 'Dara' is a low-maintenance annual, and not at all aggressive like true Queen Anne's lace. Fairly drought tolerant once established, but flowers best with regular moisture.
• Botanical Name: Daucus carota
• Family: Apiaceae
• Native: Africa, Asia, and Europe
• Hardiness: Annual
• Plant Dimensions: 36"–50" tall, 18" wide
• Variety Information: 3"–5" lacy, unscented umbels in shades of blush pink to maroon
• Exposure: Full sun
• Bloom Period: Summer to frost
• Attributes: Attracts Beneficial Insects, Cut Flower, Drought Tolerant
• When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 1 to 2 weeks before your average last frost date. Successive Sowings: Every 2 to 3 weeks for continuous bloom.
• When to Start Inside: 4 to 6 weeks before your average last frost date. Roots are sensitive to disturbance; sow in biodegradable pots and transplant before the taproot becomes crowded.
• Days to Emerge: 7–21 days
• Seed Depth: Surface to ⅛"
• Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 12"–18"
• Thinning: When 2" tall, thin to 1 every 12"–18"
• Special Instructions: May need staking in exposed, windy areas. Deadheading (removing spent blooms and their stalks) prolongs flowering and prevents reseeding.
• Harvesting: For longest vase-life, harvest flowers when they are fully opened and lay flat.