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Floral Friday – Daucus carota (Queen Anne’s lace)

I was recently told that this is not actually Queen Anne’s Lace but a variety of hemlock. I looked into it and the gal who gave me the heads up is absolutely correct. This is Cicuta (Conium maculatum). I stand happily corrected and pleased to have learned something new.

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My nickname for this Queen Anne’s lace is Summer’s Snowflake. The sparser of the flowers, like this one, remind me of big fat snowflakes.

Daucus Carota is basically a wild carrot. If you were to harvest it when it’s still a young plant you could eat the root though as with any type of foraging be very careful as this plant looks very much like the poisonous hemlock. Did you know the seeds used to be used as a form of contraception? Just a fun fact for you.

Queen Anne's Lace (c) 2012 Rocky Coast Photography

To read about my earliest memories of Queen Anne’s lace click over to Rocky Coast Photography. 🙂

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