Queen Anne’s lace
Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated March 2019.
Scientific name: Daucus carota L.
Common name(s): Queen Anne’s lace, wild carrot, mother die
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-grows up to 2 feet
– generally flowers June to October in ME
-meadows and fields
-partial to full sun
-well drained soils
-pollinated by flies and beetles
-crowds out native vegetation
-native to Europe
-ancestor of cultivated carrots
-introduced for medical uses
- soothes digestive tract
- cleansing properties
-the young plant and root is edible
-the sap and foliage has been known to cause skin irritations
Heinrich, B. 1976. Flowering phenologies: Bog, woodland, and disturbed habitats. Ecology. 57(5):890-899.
Go Botany. “Daucus Carota L.” Daucus Carota (Wild Carrot): Go Botany, 2021, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/daucus/carota/.
Plants for a Future. “Daucus Carota – L.” Daucus Carota Wild Carrot, Queen Anne’s Lace, Carrot, Wild Carrot, Queen Anne’s Lace PFAF Plant Database, 2021, pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Daucus+carota.