July 24, 2017

Megaherb: Campbell Island Carrot

Anistome latifolia - Campbell Island Carrot (the pink flowers) | Credit: Wikimedia Commons – Author: Twiddleblat (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Anisotome latifolia – Campbell Island Carrot (the pink flowers) | Credit: Wikimedia Commons – Author: Twiddleblat (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Permanently damp, that’s what Anisotome latifolia likes. Known as the Campbell Island Carrot, this perennial herb can reach up to two meters in height, sporting leathery leaves with dark green to yellow-green leaflets. This member of the carrot family is endemic to the subantarctic Auckland and Campbell islands of New Zealand and is one of the more dramatic megaherbs, with flower clusters that can span nearly 30 inches in width. Like many carrots, it is easily propagated from seed, although it prefers peaty soil that is permanently damp. It is said to “resent hot, humid weather” and will collapse under such conditions.

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