What’s in Bloom? Queen Anne’s Lace (July – September)
Published on Wednesday August 3, 2022
Authored by PEIISC
Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota) is a biennial perennial herb of the Apiaceae family which produces a rosette of leaves in the first year of growth and in the second year dies after flowering and setting seed. Queen Anne’s Lace reproduces by seed only and the flowers are self-fertile.
Flowering occurs July to September. When seeds ripen the umbels contract into the shape of a nest. Queen Anne’s Lace is currently blooming across PEI, along roadways in ditches, and moist fields. Have you spotted it?
Two reasons for the common name of Queen Anne’s Lace are the purple floret is the Queen and the white florets make up her collar, or Queen Anne of England pricked her finger while stitching lace and stained the florets with her blood.
Sparse, grow to 1 m tall, can be smooth or with stiff, white hairs.
Toothed edges, smell is carrot-like when crushed.
White flowers, flat top umbels up to 30 cm long, often a purple-red flower in the center.