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DAUCUS carota 'Dragon'

Image of Daucus carota 'Dragon'

Family

Apiaceae

Botanical Name

DAUCUS carota 'Dragon'

Plant Common Name

Carrot, Dragon Carrot

General Description

The sweet-flavored taproots of this recently introduced carrot cultivar have reddish purple skin and orange flesh. Plants grow from seed to harvest in about 90 days, yielding classically shaped carrots. John Navazio of the Organic Seed Alliance in Port Townsend, Washington, developed 'Dragon'.

The cultivated carrot is a hardy herbaceous biennial of Eurasian and North African origin. It is grown for its crisp, sweet, tasty taproot. If its roots are not harvested, it produces lacy, white, umbrella-shaped flower-heads the following summer.

Carrots are easy to grow if given deep, rich, friable soil and full sun. They keep well after harvest. In temperate areas with warm long summers, carrots may be planted in spring for a summer harvest and again in late summer for a fall harvest. Dragon carrots make great culinary conversation-starters, either as crudités or in stirfries. Cooking causes their skin color to fade to orange.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    10 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Vegetable

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    2'-3' / 0.6m - 0.9m

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer

  • Native To

    Europe, Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam, Sand

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Fine

  • Foliage Sheen

    Glossy

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edible, Herb / Vegetable

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    Sometimes

  • Attracts

    Butterflies

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes