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Maine Wildflowers: Queen Anne’s Lace

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Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota), also known as the wild carrot, grows wild in open fields, along roadsides and sunny areas around homes. This delightful wildflower was introduced to the U.S. from Europe. Although some consider Queen Anne’s Lace an invasive weed, its lacy blooms and fern-like foliage creates quite the show in mid to late summer.

  • Queen Anne’s Lace grows to heights of two to three feet and produces clusters of hundreds of tiny flowers that form a round, flat head commonly thought of as its bloom.
  • The red or purple cluster in the center earns Queen Anne’s Lace its name, as it is thought to have garnered the name from Queen Anne when she pricked her finger on lace leaving a drop of blood as a stain, says Wildflowers of the United States.
  • Queen Anne’s Lace thrives in full sun and tolerates a wide range of soil from loamy to sandy, but does require well-drained soil.
  • Plant Queen Anne’s Lace in wildflower or meadow gardens to add texture and brighten the landscape.
  • Queen Anne’s Lace is a natural companion for rudbeckia (black-eyed Susan) as its pure white lacy bloom sets off the deep yellow-orange of the rudbeckia.
  • It is an excellent cut flower.

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