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decked in lace

I don’t think I’ve ever noticed so much Queen Anne’s Lace as this summer.

Masses of this lacy white flower are blooming along Island roads, in fields and meadows.

Vermont author, Hal Borland, made a similar observation in his book Twelve Moons of the Year

” There are population explosions in the plant world, mysterious and often spectacular. This year we have had a Queen Anne’s Lace summer. This fluffy, white-flowered member of the carrot family has outdone itself and great fields and banks of it have marked roadside and pastureland.”

I did a little research on Daucus carota (Latin name). It is also known as Wild Carrot and  the young roots, if cooked, may be eaten like garden carrots.

Queen Anne’s Lace is considered by some to be a noxious weed because of its invasive nature.

Which explains one of its other names – Devil’s Plague.

Still, they are beautiful

and

apparently, edible.

I’ll have to try that out and report back.

Stay tuned 🙂

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11 thoughts on “decked in lace

  1. BevK says:

    One of my favourite wildflowers from childhood on to today. It is spectacular when paired with pink roses in an arrangement to grace a room.

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  2. This looks a little bit different to the Queen Anne’s Lace I am used to in the UK. It is often called ‘cow parsley’ in England, but where I live, the local name is "Keck". I think QAL is a MUCH prettier name than either of these, and so that’s the one I always use!!

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  3. Jill says:

    "Spring garden peas and Queen Ann’s Lace Rootlets" sure sounds like a menu upgrade from "peas and carrots" doesn’t it?It’s all about how you spin it….

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  4. I love Queen Anne’s Lace and have it on our property. My daughter is always making up flower bouquets for around the house from her cut-flower garden. I told her she should add in Queen Anne’s Lace, too. Weeds can be pretty! I love your pictures!

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  5. carolyn says:

    Hi Kathie, They are abundant this year and so pretty and lacy. Isn’t this a perfect day? Nice weddind photos too.Take care,Carolyn

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  6. kelli says:

    I had no idea they were edible! How funny! I remember pulling over and parking on the side of road and picking lots of Queen Anne’s Lace when I was little and we lived in Ohio. We often would put food colouring in the water and watch the colour creep up the stem into the petals. What memories! I’ve often wished for Queen Anne’s Lace around here…none to be found:(Enjoy all that white!!!

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