Wednesday, June 30, 2021

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.


DJan said...

I love the flower, although it looks at lot like hemlock.

Kim said...

I love Queen Anne's Lace. Such a beautiful thing to see along the roadside.

Edna B said...

I have some in my yard. It's beautiful even if it is a carrot! You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

Fran said...

Here in the western US, I don’t see Queen Anne’s Lace. I would love to see it in a fallow field as you describe.

We have plenty of other weeds, but most of them are considerably less admired than Queen Anne’s lace. 😊

Henny Penny said...

I love Queen Anne's Lace! There seems to be more growing along our path this year than I've ever seen. It is so pretty. I've enjoyed catching up with your posts. The deer are beautiful, aren't they, especially those spotted fawns. You have such a beautiful place.

Lowcarb team member said...

Lovely photographs :)

All the best Jan

Marcheline said...

Did you know that you can cut this flower and put it in jars of water with food coloring added, and they will turn colors? Blue is my favorite... it looks really antique.