Queen Anne’s Lace

Here’s a summer wildflower most everyone knows, Queen Anne’s Lace, Daucus carota, because the lacy white flower has a little purple jewel in the center.

Queen Anne's Lace

“It’s not a real jewel, Nutmeg” Hickory twitches his tail. “It’s just a purple part of the flower, so don’t swoon and fall off your branch over it.”

Sigh. I won’t, but I’d like to pretend. Wouldn’t it be nice to collect them and get a fan? It’s hot out there.

Did you know this wildflower is not native! Miz Flora says it’s been around so long, most people have forgotten that it was introduced from Europe. It spread, and can take over fields and road edges.

Queen Anne's Lace

It is however, the plant you human’s carrots come from, once upon a time. And the leaves look very much like them.

Queen Anne's Lace leaves

Although we are NOT recommending you try eating them. Always consult an edible plant guide. This plant looks ver much like the very poisonous Poison Hemlock we featured earlier this spring. Leap here to get a look.

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5 thoughts on “Queen Anne’s Lace

  1. When I was a kid I spent a lot of time with grandma. She would give us some food coloring and we would put the flowers in some water with food coloring and the flowers would turn colors. Many flowers won’t do that, soak up a color in the water thru their stems. Grandma knew these things.

  2. We were always told they were poisonous when we were kids. My grandmother used to let us pick them and put them in water. She’d put food coloring in the water and the blossom changed color. Pretty cool.

    • That is very cool, dflorack. Thanks for sharing it. Not something squirrels could do, but I’m sure some human reader will like the idea. Glad you could leap by!
      Nutmeg

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