Botanical Name and Pronunciation:
Daucus carota (DAU-cus ka-ROT-a)
Wild Carrot, Winter Lace, Bird’s Nest Flower
white, yellowish or off-white, purple
Form and Size:
The stems of Queen Anne’s lace can be up to 3 feet tall. At stem ends, there are flat and tiny flowers that gather in loose clusters. The clusters look like lace.
3 – 5 days, sometimes longer
Remove leaves from the bottom of the stem, cut and place in fresh water with flower food.
History and Usage:
A member of the Umbelliferae (parsley) family, Queen Anne's lace originated in Europe, north Africa and Asia. Queen Anne's lace is a beautiful filler flower in spring arrangements. One of its common names, wild carrot, comes from its stem and root which look similar to that of a carrot.
Points of Interest:
Relatives of Queen Anne's lace include carrot, parsley, dill, fennel, anise and parsnip. Ammi visnaga, nicknamed false Queen Anne's lace, is often mistaken for Queen Anne's lace. Real Queen Anne's lace has green flowers, unlike ammi visnaga. In North America, Queen Anne's lace grows like a weed along roadsides and in empty fields.