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Queen Anne's Lace, Wild Carrot - Daucus carota


Family: Apiaceae - Carrot family Genus Common Name: Queen Anne's Lace Native Status: IntroducedDicot Biennial Herb
Daucus carota - Queen Anne's Lace, Wild Carrot. While the root of Queen Anne's Lace is edible, use caution! This plant, as with all members of the carrot family, looks quite similar to poison hemlock (Conium maculatum), the deadly plant believed to be the source of the poison that killed Socrates.

From the website "Plantllife": There are several stories as to why the wild version is named 'Queen Anne's lace'. Most revolve around King James I's consort - the Queen Anne in question - who is said to have pricked her finger and stained some lace with a drop of blood. Wild carrot's single red flower surrounded by frothy white blossom is quite evocative of this tale.

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Distribution of Daucus carota in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2017. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 26 Apr 2017). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.

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Site: The Pocket at Pigeon Mountain, Walker County, GA Date: 2009-June-06Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D60
1/200f/9 ISO100
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
90mm (135 equiv) Flash: Yes
Attracting butterflies
Daucus carota

Site: Walker County, Ga Date: 2004-May-27Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Sony Cybershot
1/500f/8 ISO400

6.4mm
The dense cluster of white flowers of Queen Anne's Lace usually has one dark blossom in the center.
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