Family: Apiaceae

Scientific Name: Seseli gummiferum

Common Name: Moon Carrot


Moon Carrot (Seseli gummiferum) is a biennial.  The first year produces a basal rosette of finely dissected, fern-like, silver-gray foliage.  The next year it produces an umbel of flowers.

Plant TypeBiennials, Short lived perennials
Hardiness Zone5
Moistureaverage, dry
Soil & Siteaverage, dry, well-drained
Flowersforms umbels of small domed floret clusters, pink to a blush pink changing white
Leavesfinely dissected, fern-like, silver-gray foliage
Dimensions2-3 by 1 to 1.5 feet
Propagationseeds needs 3 weeks of cold stratification
Native Sitemountainous regions around Ukraine and Turkey
Misc FactsGenus name comes from the Greek seseli an ancient name of an umbelliferous plant. Species means producing gum
Author's NotesAs with most biennials will form a basal set of leaves the first year and flower the next.
Notes & Reference#144-Missouri Botanical Gardens website (, The Laidback gardener (
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