Flowers: minute, delicate; growing in a compound, flat-topped umbel, which becomes concave after flowering. The central flower of the umbel is often purple. Involucre: light green; of very fine pinnatifld leaves. Leaves: fine; much divided. Stem: erect; rough; branched.
We may have no qualms of conscience on the grounds of in-hospitality if we say boldly that we should not grieve very much to have this weed return to the old country from where it came.
Its ruthless habit of taking possession of whole fields, especially in New Jersey, and destroying the pasture is a constant care and annoyance to the farmer. It is most difficult to extirpate as it is tough and hard to uproot.
It frequently falls within the experience of our friend the country boy to pull up the plants before they have gone to seed; and one instance is known of his having been engaged to perform this service at the exorbitant wage of twenty-five cents a hundred. His mind, however, is poetical. He loves to dream of the beautiful side of the wild carrot's character, and to weave romances about it in connection with Queen Anne's lace. To bend his back over and tear his palms uprooting them is not to his taste. So on the mentioned occasion he sat on the fence and watched other boys that he had hired at five cents a hundred do the work for him.