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- Latin Name- Daucus Carota Hardy Zone- 3-9 Mature Height- 24-36inch Width- 7.5-12.5 cm Sun or Shade- Full Sun
Queen Anne’s Lace – Daucus carota
Queen Anne’s lace is an edible plant that adds interest and fragrance to gardens of any size or type. It does well in containers too. It can grow between 1 and 4 ft. in height. Triangular leaves wisp outward like tiny feathers. The flowers are small, white and clustered on flattop umbels. Delicate and intricate, each flower creates a lace-like pattern. Occasionally a small purple flower will bloom in the middle. They can appear in spring and continue blooming until fall. It is a biennial and will not flower until its second year. After the flowers have given way to seeds, growers can allow them to reseed naturally, deadhead them to control spread, or collect the seeds for culinary uses or re-growing.
Wild carrot is the most common name for the herb because the flowers smell like carrots. Whenever carrots were scarce, Americans and Europeans would use the roots from Queen Anne’s lace. The roots look like small carrots. Today, growers can add first year leaves to their salads, deep fry umbel heads, make a jelly, add them fresh to salads, or use the seeds as a soup seasoning. Another use for the flowers is making an off-white paint. Historically, American colonists cooked the plant in wine and ate it as a dessert. Two other commonly used names are bishop’s lace and bird’s nest.
It is also a beneficial addition to gardens lacking pollinators, and it makes a great companion plant to blueberry bushes, a variety of lettuces, and tomatoes. Queen Anne’s lace attracts wasps and butterflies. Queen Anne’s lace is hardy and easy to grow. It prefers sun, but partial shade will do. Soil should be well draining and be neutral pH to alkaline. It is drought-resistant too. Best growing zones for it are 3a to 9b.
Queen Anns Lace is a terrific perennial wildflower to incorporate in any area of the garden or landscape. The blooms start appearing in midsummer months and continue to early autumn. The blooms on this plant are in a cluster form with tiny white flowers making up the cluster. The plant will be covered with these white clusters as they are abundant. The leaves are a medium green and are very pretty. This plant is called Carrot Weed in some areas. There will be a tremendous showing of beautiful butterflies and bees because they love this plant.