Queen Anne's lace
Scientific NameDaucus carota
Synonyms (former Scientific Names):
Daucus carota ssp. sativus
Daucus carota ssp. carota
A basal rosette of leaves forms the first year followed by a tall branched stem the second year. During the second year the plant blooms through the summer.
Leaves are basal with a few sessile, triangular or oblong, and twice pinnately compound. The leaf margins are hairy. Leaves are extremely lobed and resemble those of ragweed, poison hemlock, and common yarrow.
Many stems come from one rosette and are very hairy, vertically ribbed and hollow.
Flower Seed Head
Small white flowers are formed in a flat topped umbel like structure that can vary in width. At the center of the cluster of white flowers there is a single deep-purple flower. At maturity the flower cluster may close.
Fruit is a schizocarp; it contains two seeds. After maturity the two sides break apart, each half is rounded on one side. The coat is ridged with barbed prickles. It is yellowish to brown to gray in color.
Wild carrot likes low maintenance areas such as pastures, landscapes, orchards and other perennial crops.
upright and nonwoody
Thorns or Spines
Approximate Flower Diameter
Dominant Flower Color
shorter than leaf
Stem Cross Section
round or oval