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Queen Anne's Lace - Daucus carota
Family: Apiaceae

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Flowers May - September

Description

Queen Anne's Lace, also known as Wild Carrot, is biennial plant that grows around 3 to 4 feet tall in its wild state. Its leaves are alternate around the stem and are often very fern-like in appearance.

This is a wild carrot in many respects. If you dig up the roots of this plant it would smell just like the cultivated carrots that we all think of today!

WARNING: Be very carefull with this plant. While it may not be toxic itself, it looks very similar to Poison Hemlock and Western Water Hemlock.

Interesting facts

The name of this plant "Queen Anne's Lace," comes from the lacey structure of the flowers, which just so happened to be very popular in Europe around ... you guessed it, Queen Anne's rule.

Medicinal Uses

This plant has long been used for its medicinal properties. The seeds can be very benificial for treating cystitis and prostatitis. The roots are high in Vitamin A and the juice is said to have anti-cancer properties. In addition the root juice is great for treating itchy skin.


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Links to more information

  • The Wild-Carrot Site - The ultimate site for Queen Anne's Lace, with everything from history to recipies.


Website, video, and graphics by Rob Nelson
For more information on this plant or management please contact US Army Corp of Engineers

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