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Queen Anne’s Lace



One of the prettiest weeds in our area (IMHO) is Queen Anne’s lace, or wild carrot, as it is commonly known. It is considered an invasive species, a threat to recovering grasslands after the soil has been broken for agriculture. It is tenacious in clay soils.

The flowers are named for the lace that was prominent in fine clothing in the days of Queen Anne of Britain, or perhaps of her grandmother (Anne of Denmark). In the center of the flower cluster is a red spot that is meant to represent a drop of blood from a pricked finger of the lace maker.

Even if it is invasive, I think it is beautiful among the other flowering weeds growing wild beside the local beach.

If you handle the leaves of the plant, you risk irritation of the skin  when it is subsequently exposed to sunlight. If you have sensitive skin, best to leave this plant alone.

Nature’s garden is not geometric, but that is one of the things I love about it.

By the way, the bitter wild carrot root, in spite of smelling like carrot, is not meant to be eaten. In a young plant it may still taste all right (although not worth the trouble) but it soon gets woody and unpleasant to eat. Also, eating it is not advised since it can easily be mistaken for poison hemlock and other toxic plants.


The flower looks like Queen Anne’s lace,

Its roots smell like a carrot,

It also looks like poison plants,

Be careful to compare it.

Don’t rush to touch its pretty leaves,

Your skin may get a blister,

With phyto-photo-dermatitis,

Sun will put an itch there.

So be content to look at it,

Admire it from afar,

And tell it from a distance,

“What a dainty flower you are!”





Author: wordsfromanneli

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35 thoughts on “Queen Anne’s Lace

  1. Sie wächst sehr üppig in meinem Wildblumenbeet. Ich liebe sie. Ist jetzt verblüht.

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  2. I always love a pretty weed. Thanks for the introduction, Anneli!

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  3. It truly is a beautiful and delicate flower.

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  4. Beautiful, but a pain in the butt,
    like many a Lady I knew in my time 🙂

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  5. I like this! We have a lot of Queen Anne’s Lace where we live. I didn’t know about the red dot in the center – that’s interesting! I think it’s very pretty, too 🙂

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  6. I hope to write poetry about Queen Anne’s Lace soon…Invasive, you say?

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  7. Reblogged this on By the Mighty Mumford and commented:

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  8. I’ve always thought it to be quite attractive, and very welcome to see this time of the summer.

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  9. I have always thought that they’re so pretty. 🙂

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  10. I never looked at them close enough to see the red dot in the centre of the flower. They are growing all over here. Thanks for the nice pictures and the lovely poem.

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  11. Never heard of that flower, but it looks beautiful.

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  12. One of my favourite wildflowers. Nice shots!

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  13. I love this wild flower. It is so pretty and hearty.

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  14. This was my mother in law’s favourite flower, I do pick them at the stem, enjoy their lovely symmetry and remember my beautiful mother-in-law. Enjoy your photography and nature info very much. Smiles back to you.

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