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Common Name: Rattlesnake Weed
Daucus pusillus is a Biennial up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food and medicine
Skin contact with the sap is said to cause photo-sensitivity and/or dermatitis in some people[
Western N. America.
Barrens, plains and dry hills[
]. Streambanks, roadsides and waste areas in Texas[
We have very little information on this plant, but it can be grown outdoors at least in southern Britain and probably in the north as well. It is likely to need a well-drained soil in a sunny position[
Root - raw or cooked[
The plant is antipruritic, blood purifier and febrifuge[
]. A decoction has been used to treat colds, itches, fevers and snakebites[
]. A poultice of the chewed plant has been applied to snakebites[
Seed - sow mid summer to early autumn or mid spring in situ. The seed germinates better if it is cold stratified, therefore the autumn sowing is liable to be more successful.