Q is for Queen Anne’s Lace

By branching out of our season, we squirrels have a few more choices of plants to use for those difficult letters!

Queen Anne’s Lace, Daucus carota, is a summer-bloomer, a wildflower brought over from Europe. It supposedly is named for Queen Anne of England who was also a lacemaker. In North America, it can go quite wild and take over a field, but you humans probably see it most often lining rural roads.

The ‘jewel’ in the crown of flowers is simply another flower, but along with the naming story from Queen Anne, people say it’s a drop of blood she shed when she pricked herself!

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.