Queen Anne's Lace (Wild Carrot)

Daucus carota

Family Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)


Notable Features
Leaves: Leaves extremely deeply lobed*, fringe-like in appearance. Sprout from lower portions of the plant around and from several, central, hairy stems from which flowers blossom.
Flowers: Large, flat-topped clusters of tiny white flowers appear May through October during the second year of the plant. A single purple flower usually appears in the center of the cluster.
Roots: A single, white root; smells of carrot.
Size/ Shape: A small, flowering plant (second year flowers) up to 3 feet (1 meter) in height. Found in fields, waste areas, roadsides, and forest peripheries.

Location on Campus

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Located along the peripheral road, and between the Goldman-Schwartz Art Building and Spingold Theatre in the rocky waste area.

Uses
The first year roots can be prepared as a cooked vegetable in the same manner as garden carrots. Second year roots too dry, grainy, and un-flavorful.

WARNING: First-year Queen Anne's Lace leaves resemble Poison Hemlock. Remember that Wild Carrot stalks are hairy.


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