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Queen Anne’s Lace

Scientific name: Daucus carota

Cultivated carrots were reportedly developed long ago in Afghanistan from this, the wild carrot. Native to Europe and Asia, this plant was introduced to the North America and has naturalized widely since. These wildflowers are biennials, which means that it takes two years for them to produce flowers.  While usually 1-2 feet, it can reach 5 feet in height.

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Lacy, finely divided foliage.


Tiny white clusters.

Blooming Season


Fun Facts

The purple flower in the center was said to be a drop of blood from Queen Anne’s finger while she was making “lace”, as the flower has a lacey appearance.


Often found in meadows, pastures, roadsides and other open areas where it will get full sun.


Similar Species

Carrot family. For a similar looking flower that is native, plant yarrow (Achillea millefolium), which comes in many different colors and attracts pollinators.

Ecosystem Connections

This non-native flower has pushed out more valuable native plants and its seeds can live up to five years!

Human Connections

Its roots are considered edible when the plant is young, but they quickly become woody.

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