Wild carrot

Wild carrot, the non-native Daucus carota, is better known as Queen Anne’s lace:

The tiny red-purple flower at the center of the umbel of white flowers is supposed to represent the drop of blood he queen shed when she pricked a finger while making lace. Don’t try to eat it, it’s easy to confuse Queen Anne’s lace with similar poisonous hemlock.

10 thoughts on “Wild carrot

    • It’s blooming in profusion now, along with Joe Pye weed and some goldenrod. I wonder why it isn’t common in your area in Texas, it’s common in the Midwest.

  1. I’m surprised to learn how scarce it is in Austin. I see a lot of it here as well. In the good old days it would be graced with caterpillars from the black swallowtail, but it has been years since I’ve seen either larva or adult. Just in case, I always keep a few in my garden. I love their look, and you have really captured them in these photos. I really like the dreamy look of the first photo, and the off-center focus on the bottom one.

    • I’ve looked for Black Swallowtail on Queens Anne’s lace, but I’ve only seen it once. I’m told that parsley is the most reliable caterpillar host. Queens Anne’s lace is a flower I can go back to and find something new every time.

      • Yes. And of course there are a number of native umbellifors that would be more appropriate still, but I don’t particularly want them in my garden.

  2. I’d never seen this growing until I got to Arkansas. It was quite common in Iowa when I lived there, and in Kansas, but what I’ve thought was Queen Anne’s lace here in my area has always turned out to be something else. We have several members of the carrot family, of course, but I’ve always liked this one especially. The buds and seed heads are as attractive to me as the full flowers, but your photo makes those blooms really appealing. I like the soft quality of the one on the left, and the way it shows the somewhat flat bloom.

    • Queens Anne’s lace has a lot of details to linger over – the white flowers, that single purple flower, the radiating stems and sepals. and the insect visitors. I took this at the Bloody Bluff site. The Queens Anne’s lace was growing in a gravel path, in the same spot where I found Deptford pink recently. Although it looks like a field in the first image, it’s a narrow patch four or five feet wide that went back 20 or 30 yards. Glad you liked the images.

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