Athamanta alpina Stokes
Athamanta annua L.
Athamanta capillacea Lam
Athamanta hirsuta (Lam.) Pohl
Athamanta hirsuta Briq.
Athamanta hispanica Degen ex Hervier
Athamanta lobelii Caruel
Athamanta mutellinoides Lam.
Athamanta rupestris Vill.
Athamanta vestita A.Kern.
Daucus creticus Garsault
Durieua graeca Boiss.
Libanotis annua Crantz
Libanotis cretensis Scop.
Libanotis italica Crantz
Libanotis pumila Crantz
Selinum athamanta E.H.L.Krause
Seseli athamantha Ces.
Turbith annua Tausch
Common Name: Candy Carrot
Flowering plant, growing in neglected grassland on the Rax plateau, district Neunkirchen, Lower Austria at around 1,600 metres
Photograph by: Stefan.lefnaer
Athamanta cretensis is a herbaceous perennial plant producing a branched or unbranched stem up to 60cm tall from a long taproot[
The plant is sometimes harvested from the wild for local use as a food flavouring.
Southern Europe - southeaster Spain to southern Germany, south to Italy and the Balkans
Rocky places, mainly in mountains[
Athamanta cretensis is a plant of the montane zone in southern Europe, where it can be found at elevations up to 2,700 metres. It experiences hot, dry summers and cool to cold winters. It can tolerate some frost, down to at least -5°c for short periods, but cannot tolerate a combination of wet soils and cold weather.
Succeeds in most soils[
]. Requires a well-drained soil in full sun[
The long tap root is susceptible to rot in wet winters[
The seed is used as a flavouring[
]. An agreeable liquor is made from it[
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame[
]. Germination usually takes place within 3 - 6 weeks at 13°c[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts.
The seed can also be sown in situ as soon as the soil is workable in the spring[
Division in spring, with care[