Thursday, September 6, 2018

Royal Lace



It's the time of year when the hedgerows and meadows, are once again filled with wildflowers.
Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota)
This wild version of the carrot is one of the most common and best known "weeds" we have.
It's hard to imagine what a fallow field would look like in late summer without the white flower heads bobbing in the breeze.

It is thought that the carrots escaped from the gardens of the early European settlers in North America, having thrived in the wild to become what we know as Queen Anne's Lace.


 
 
It is so called because the flowers resemble lace; the red flower in the center represents a blood droplet where Queen Anne pricked herself with a needle when she was making the lace. The function of the tiny red flower, colored by anthocyanin, is to attract insects.
 
 The plant is commonly referred to as Cow Parsley  ( Anthriscus sylvestris )  in Great Britain.
 

7 comments:

Susie said...

Jo, I love Queen Ann's lace. I like to put it in bouquets. I have also put it in colored water and the white will turn that color. A fun thing for youngsters do try. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

marlane said...

I did not know about the red flower in the middle !!

ann said...

So that's what's coming up wild in the weed patch!

Bernideen said...

Yes, my favorite all time flower. I have it in my front and back gardens and love it. I make sure I scatter seed every year so I will always assure new plants - especially since it is biennial.

Dawn said...

I love Queen Anne's Lace and tried for years to get it to grow in my garden. Now it does and I'm always sharing plants with others who want it too.

Bovey Belle said...

Hi there. Just blog-hopping and found your blog. Cow Parsley grows here in the spring, and Wild Carrot in late summer. I've always loved the name of Queen Anne's Lace and it's lovely to see you have Wild Carrot transplanted with early colonists to your area.

Carol Henstra said...

Love the white fence. We as a kid. Called then Queen Ann's Lace.