Robust biennial to 1m or 2m high with a thick aromatic tap-root. There is also a ssp carota which is said to be native to Cyprus, but this is less than 1m high. Some records may be referring to an escaped cultivated carrot; possibly a hybrid between the two. Ssp maximus is found in fields and by roads and streams. It is common in the Mediterranean region. (paraphrased from "An Illustrated Flora of North Cyprus" by D.E.Viney)
By midsummer, fields and roads of the southern highlands are crowded with intricately patterned flat flower clusters of Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota), a member of the carrot family. Through the years, extracts from this widely distributed biennial were used medicinally as diuretics and to dissolve kidney stones. The seeds were eaten to eliminate intestinal worms and gas.
While extracts of Queen Anne’s lace are not generally used by today’s herbalist as a diuretic, research has confirmed their effectiveness in dispelling intestinal gas. The wild root is also rich in vitamin A, but care should be taken not to ingest it in excessive amounts. (Too much vitamin A can be harmful to your health.)