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

Link(s): USDA PLANTS Profile, Go Botany

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– biennial

-leaves are:

  • compound
  • alternate
  • entire

-grows up to 2 feet

– generally flowers June to October in ME


-disturbed areas

-meadows and fields

-partial to full sun

-well drained soils


-attracts wildlife

-pollinated by flies and beetles

-attracts butterflies

-crowds out native vegetation

Natural History:

-native to Europe

-ancestor of cultivated carrots

-introduced for medical uses

  • anti-inflammatory
  • 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.