Origin and Distribution: Wild carrot is native to Europe. It entered the United States about 250 years ago, probably as a contaminant of cultivated carrot seeds, and was reported in Canada about 150 years later. It has since spread throughout most of North America. It occurs in areas that are occasionally disturbed. Wild carrot grows in roadsides, waste places, meadows, pastures, and no-tillage fields. It prefers well-drained or dry soils and grows best in full sun. The plant is often associated with lime-rich soils.