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Queen Anne’s Lace

Learn all about Queen Anne's Lace on this, Focus on Flowers.

The biennial plant Queen Anne’s lace is known in Britain as “Wild Carrot.”  In the US, depending on the region, you may hear it referred to as “Cow Parsley,” “Fool’s Parsley,” or “Bird’s-nest Plant.”  Its Latin name is Daucus carota which means “resembling the carrot.”  The plant grows happily in fields and roadsides and likes sun and dry soil.

The white flower umbels, look like lacy umbrellas and are a romantic addition to informal bouquets.  They dry well if the flowers are picked before the seeds ripen.  They can be hung upside down or dried in Silica Gel.  Queen Anne’s lace is one of the flowers that the caterpillars of the Eastern black swallowtail butterfly love to eat.

So if you like butterflies you may want this drought tolerant airy plant in your wild flower garden.  Just be sure to put it in a well drained spot where there is plenty of space for it to self sow.  The flowers can also be colored if their stems are placed in a container of water mixed with food dye.  If you can, find a young child to do this for fun.

Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

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