Missouri Wildflower Guide


Beside the country road with truant grace
Wild carrot lifts its circles of white lace.

 

From "In August" by Katharine Lee Bates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Queen Anne's Lace

This wildflower, related to domestically grown carrot, is also known as Wild Carrot. The picturesque name "Queen Anne's Lace" describes the lacy appearance of the large flower head.

 

The flowers are white to cream-white with, interestingly, a single dark red-purple floret at the center of the umbel. The shape of the flower cluster ranges from a convex, upside-down bowl shape to almost perfectly flat. As the seeds form and dry, the flower stems curl inward, creating a concave, bird's-nest shape that cradles the seeds. The seeds, covered with fine bristles, stick to each other, and to the fur and clothing of passing mammals.

 

My children like to put cut Queen Anne's lace flowers in water to which food coloring has been added.  As the flowers draw up the water, they become tinged with the food coloring.

  • Bloom Time

    May-Oct

     

  • Habit

    Herbaceous

     

  • Height

    To 5 feet

     

  • Longevity

    Biennial