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Queen Anne’s Lace
Daucus carota

Other Names: Wild Carrot, Bird's Nest

Family
  • Apiaceae – Carrot family or Umbelliferae – Parsley family (experts disagree on the family)
Flower
  • compound flat cluster (umbel) that is ~ 7.5-12.5 cm (3-5 inches) of many small, white or cream-colored flowers
  • one dark red-brown to deep purple flower at center of cluster
  • multiple stiff, 3-forked bracts below the main cluster of flowers
Leaf
  • 5-20cm (2-8 inches) long; fern-like
  • when crushed, give off a carrot scent
  • stem has many bristle-like hairs
Location
  • in most of North America, except for far north
  • found in disturbed areas and dry fields
Flowering Time
  • May - October
Other
  • exotic from Europe
  • as a relative of the garden carrot, its first-year taproot is edible
  • considered a weed despite its attractive appearance
  • plant grows to between 30 and 100 cm (1-3.5 feet) tall
Name Origin
  • At maturity, the cluster of flowers curls upward and looks like a bird’s nest giving this plant one of its common names. The reddish floret in the center is supposed to represent a drop of Queen Anne’s lace after she pricked her finger. That, along with the lacey appearance of the flat clusters provides another common name.
Top-view of Queen Anne's Lace

Side-view of Queen Anne's Lace

Leaf of Queen Anne's Lace