Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit:Herb/Forb
Life cycle:Biennial
Sun Requirements:Full Sun
Water Preferences:Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness:Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone:Zone 8b
Plant Height:3 feet or more
Flowers:Showy
Flower Color:White
Flower Time:Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures:Taproot
Uses:Erosion control
Vegetable
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Dynamic Accumulator:K (Potassium)
Mg (Magnesium)
Wildlife Attractant:Bees
Butterflies
Toxicity:Leaves are poisonous
Other: taproot is edible
Propagation: Seeds:Self fertile
Sow in situ
Pollinators:Beetles
Flies
Containers:Not suitable for containers

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The January Not-A-Raffle-Raffle:  The Behemoth Collection of Vegetable and Annual SeedsThe January Not-A-Raffle-Raffle: The Behemoth Collection of Vegetable and Annual Seeds
January 14, 2013

For this month's raffle, in honor of Veggies and Annuals week, Chelle has shocked and thrilled us by putting forward the largest collection of seeds I've ever imagined.

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Photo gallery:
Location: Nature Reserve Gent, BelgiumDate: 13th July 2009
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Location: A natural garden, BelgiumDate: 27th July 2006Gorgeous wildflower in all aspects!
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Location: Quarry in western IllinoisDate: 2009-07-18Closer.  Thought to be a rather rare manifestation.
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Location: my garden zone 7b NCDate: 2012-05-21
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Location: ILDate: 2008-06-27
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Location: Nature Reserve Gent, BelgiumDate: 28th July 2008Glowing in the setting sun light..
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Location: Nature Reserve Gent, BelgiumDate: 2011-09-22Seeds are ripening..
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Location: Quarry in western IllinoisDate: 2009-07-18interesting coloration
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Date: 2012-07-15
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Location: In my gardenDate: 2012-07-24
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2012-09-17
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Credit: Ruslan V. Albitsky aka pauk
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-06-11
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-07-08Beginning to open...
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Date: 2002-06-06Stephen J. Baskauf (http://bioimages.vanderbilt.edu/)
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Location: Nature reserve, Gent, BelgiumDate: 2013-08-29
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Location: ILDate: 2008-07-08
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Location: MinnesotaDate: 7/4/2017
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Location: Sherwood, OregonDate: 2017-07-09
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Location: Kalama, WaDate: 2011-09-17
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Location: Quarry in western IllinoisDate: 2009-07-18very interesting color variation
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Location: Quarry in western IllinoisDate: 2009-07-18
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2006-07-10
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.Date: 2007-06-30
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2012-09-16
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-06-11
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Location: My Northeastern Indiana Gardens - Zone 5bDate: 2012-07-10
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Location: western IllinoisDate: 2012-07-02
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Location: western IllinoisDate: 2012-07-02
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Location: western IllinoisDate: 2012-07-02
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Location: Juriniopsis adusta (tachnid fly), a parasite of leps including Epargyreus clarus (silver-spotted skipper), on Daucus carota (Queen Anne's lace)Photo courtesy of: Tom Potterfield
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Date: 2014-10-08Credit Alexey Sergeev
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2011-09-25
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Location: western IllinoisDate: 7-3-12
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Location: Florissant, MODate: July 2009Queen Anne's Lace
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Location: central IllinoisDate: 2016-08-01#pollination
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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Jan 23, 2013 10:02 AM

Caterpillars of the Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly eat the leaves, and predatory insects such as the Green Lacewing will eat aphids living on this plant.

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Posted by mellielong (Lutz, Florida - Zone 9b) on Apr 17, 2015 9:55 PM

The book, "How to Know the Wildflowers" (1922) by Mrs William Starr Dana, gives the common name of "Queen Anne's Lace" and also "Bird's Nest" and "Wild Carrot." She says it is one of the peskiest weeds the farmer has to deal with. The book notes that "in late summer the flower stalks erect themselves, forming a concave cluster which has the appearance of a bird's nest." Some of the photos on this page can attest to this phenomenon. The author also states that she has heard that there is a species of bee that makes use of the "nest" but has never herself seen "indications of such an occupancy." I would be interested to know whether that is true or scientists have discovered proof in the nearly hundred years since this book was published.

As a butterfly gardener, I can attest that this is a host plant for the Eastern Black Swallowtail. This plant does not grow where I live in Florida, but I have seen it used by caterpillars in West Virginia and Kentucky. Eastern Black Swallowtails can be something of a pest to herb gardeners as they use parsley, fennel, dill, and rue. Queen Anne's Lace is a good plant to have nearby if you want to transfer the caterpillars so they can become butterflies without eating your herbs.

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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Nov 16, 2011 2:10 AM

Queen Anne's Lace can be identified by a tiny single red or purple flower in the middle of a flat cluster of hundreds of tiny white flowers. It should not be confused with the poisonous water hemlock.

The first colonists arriving in America brought carrot seeds with them but the plant soon escaped from gardens and reverted to the wild state that we know as Queen Anne's Lace. The wild root is rich in vitamin A which is good for vision.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on May 4, 2012 12:37 PM

Honey bees get nectar from this plant which produces a white honey.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Sep 17, 2012 12:50 PM

Kids (and adults) like this plant when the stems are cut and placed in a container of water that has had food dye added to it...the flower itself turns same color as the food dye.

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Noticed the leaves remained on plant all winter from 2014 winter sowed seedlings in mostly shade
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