Queen Anne’s Lace
- Family Name
- Carrot Family
- Daucus carota
Queen Anne's lace (Daucus carota) is an invasive biennial herb that smells like a carrot and grows 3-4' tall, blooming from May to October. This plant shows an umbrella-shaped flower cluster at the top of a central stem, with one or more additional hairy hollow stems. It's slender, woody taproot is carrot-like in smell and taste.
A native of Europe and Asia, Queen Anne's lace invades disturbed dry agriculture land, abandoned fields, waste places, and road sides. It is a threat to recovering grasslands and can be persistent on clay soils. It tends to decline as native grasses and herbaceous plants become established. Queen Anne's lace is common in southwest BC, known from southeast Vancouver Island, the Gulf Island and adjacent mainland, and also from Vernon.
Effective control methods include hand-pulling or mowing in mid to late summer before seed set.