Queen Anne’s Lace- Daucus carota
Queen Ann's Lace
Queen Ann's Lace is the delicate flora that caresses the sides of many southern yards. Its long stem helps the beautiful white flower wave over the plants below it . This delicate large flower can add a vintage like feel to any home. The plant easy grows in rocky and shallow soils . Its hardiness makes it perfect for hot summer weather and long periods without rain. The sweet smelling flowers attract many bees and butterflies in addition to their own beauty. Queen Annes Lace grows up to four feet tall, with clusters of lace-like, small, white flowers produced on a strong stem. The flower clusters are umbrella shaped and approximately three to four inches wide, with a light purple to light red center. Blooms present in the summer and fall. The showy blossoms attract a wide variety of bees and would be a great addition to any pollinator garden. Queen Anne’s Lace grows well in partially shady to sunny locations and requires very little care other than occasional watering. It thrives in poor soils with moderate alkalinity. It will spread quickly and makes a good filler plant for gardens. While Queen Anne’s Lace was originally native to Europe, it grows very well in the United States. Queen Anne’s Lace derives its name from Queen Anne of England, as legend has it that the Queen liked to sew and the flower’s lace-like habit and slightly purple center were reminiscent of a drop of the Queen’s blood on lace when she pricked her finger. Domestic carrots were derived from Queen Anne’s Lace and the plant does produce an edible carrot if harvested while young. In fact, the root of the plant even smells like modern day carrots! The flowers and leaves are also edible. The leaves smell like parsley and the flowers can be fried. It has historically been used as a contraception. In modern times, it is chosen for science experiments because the flowers will take on the color of the water they are placed in. It is a good companion crop to tomatoes as it tends to boost tomato yields. Seeds of Queen Anne’s Lace remain viable for two to five years.
Description: Latin Name- Daucus Carota Hardy Zone- 3-9 Mature Height- 24-36inch Width- 7.5-12.5 cm Sun or Shade- Full Sun