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.