Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota)


Comments: Also known as Wild Carrot. Blooms from May to October in dry fields and waste places. "Native to Europe, this plant is the ancestor of the garden carrot; its long first-year taproot can be cooked and eaten. Although it is an attractive, hairy biennial, it is considered a troublesome weed. When mature, the compound umbel curls inward, resembling a bird's nest. The plant has been reproduced from one embryonic cell in tissue culture and has actually flowered, with even the usual differently colored central flower present." - NAS Field Guide to Wildflowers. Photograph taken in Caroline Co., Maryland (7/3/2005).


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