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,
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!”