QUEEN Anne's lace (Daucus carota) growing on the side of a road
Most people in Ontario call this wildflower - some say noxious weed - Queen Anne's lace. But this plant is also known as wild carrot, bird's' nests and bishop's lace.
The lace part is pretty easy to explain, but why Queen Anne's? The dark red in the centre of each umbrel represents a droplet of Queen Anne's blood where she pricked herself with a needle while making the lace.
Wild carrot? Cultivated carrots were developed from this plant...centuries ago.
Birds' nests? Please keep reading.
Queen Anne's lace growing beside railroad tracks
Europeans brought Queen Anne's lace to North America as a medicinal plant. Now across much of Ontario it grows in old pastures, meadows, waste places and along roadsides and even railway tracks.
Queen Anne's lace just opening out
Umbrels of Queen Anne's lace are pink when they first open. When in full bloom each umbrel turns white and the top is concave. (See first photo.)
After they go to seed, the umbrels contract again resembling a birds' nests.
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