Wildflower of the week: Queen Anne’s Lace

Queen Anne’s lace is a European introduction to North America. Common along roadsides and in meadows, it is a variety of wild carrot and its leaves resemble carrot leaves. It even smells like carrot tops if you bruise the stem or leaves. Alas, it is not edible. The root is thin and not sweet and gets woody quickly. The flowers are popular with pollinators and look lovely in wildflower bouquets. They are also highly recognizable because of their distinctive umbel of tiny white flowers on top of a tall, waving stalk.

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3 Responses to “Wildflower of the week: Queen Anne’s Lace”
  1. idiadega says:

    I love these flowers!! I just picked some over the weekend (from my driveway) and put them in a vase on the dining table. They look like lace, I love them.

    • vintagejenta says:

      Me, too! I want to harvest some from the ditches, but there aren’t any by our house and I’m too chicken to pull over along Route 300 and pull from the side of the road. Lol. Also, I love the goldenrod that is out. When the sumac leaves turn red, it will really be fall!

  2. The Queen Anne’s lace seems especially spectacular in my neck of the woods this year, and so cheerful mingled with the blue chickory flowers.

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