Queen Anne's Lace ✿ Daucus carota ✿ 100+ seeds
Daucus carota, Queen Anne's Lace, is a common sight in dry fields, roadside ditches and open areas. It is at home in informal settings and is a natural addition to a wildflower meadow. It is also called the Wild Carrot, because this European plant is the progenitor (wild ancestor) of the domestic carrot.
Up to a thousand tiny white flowers are produced in delicate, lacy, flat-topped, two- to four-inch clusters, sometimes with a solitary dark, purple flower in the center. As the seeds ripen, the seed head curls inward to form a “bird’s nest” shape and turns brown. A small bristly seed is produced at the end of each flower stalk, and once dry they readily latch onto fur or feathers to be disseminated beyond where the seeds would otherwise fall.
The flowers of this plant make good cut flowers and a lovely filler in arrangements with other flowers. They do not dry well when hung up, but can be pressed to preserve the blooms.
Sowing: Sow in Early spring to early summer or in Autumn…Daucus carota is easy to grow from seed. Grows well in well-drained to dry soils, with low to moderate soil fertility.
This biennial plant forms a basal rosette of leaves in its first year and an erect flowering stalk the second, flowering occurs from July to September. Plants die after flowering. Some plants may act as an annual and flower in the first year.
Although this plant is not poisonous it closely resembles many other plants in the Parsley family, some of which are highly poisonous. Water hemlock (cicuta maculata), poison hemlock (conium maculatum) and fool's parsley (aethusa cynapium). It was poison hemlock, that Socrates was compelled to take. Be absolutely sure you have identified this plant correctly before using.
There are two simple way to tell the difference. Both poison hemlock and fool's parsley have foul smelling foliage when crushed; just roll some leaves between your thumb and forefinger, and smell. Wild carrot, especially the root, smells like carrots.
Wild Carrot's stems are hairy its poisonous look-a-likes all have smooth stems. Poison Hemlock's stems may be spotted with purple