Daucus carota - Queen Anne’s Lace
1/4 of a teaspoon of open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $4.00.
This attractive plant with fern like foliage growing from 1m to 1.8m. A biennial plant that grows from a taproot resembling a carrot can be eaten when young. Just do not confuse it with Conium maculatum which is poisonous. You will notice Queen Anne’s Lace smells like a carrot.
The taproot can be used in soups, stews and in making tea. First year leaves can be chopped and tossed into a salad. Flower clusters can be ‘french-fried’ or fresh flowers can be tossed into a salad. The aromatic seed is used as a flavouring in stews and soups.
The flower is named for Queen Anne of England, an expert lace maker. As the story goes, she once pricked her finger while sewing. And a drop of blood became forever embedded in her royal lace, and in the centre of her namesake flower.
This plant is very easy to grow and self seeds easily, making it the perfect plant for creating a meadow garden. It is can be grown in a variety of well-draining soil conditions that are neutral to alkaline. It prefers sun to partial shade. Queen Anne’s Lace is hardy plant requiring little watering.
Queen Anne's Lace with its open and airy flowers make an excellent filler for floral arrangements. Harvest flowers early morning when the stems are fully hydrated. Select branches with a couple of open heads with several heads about to open. Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut stems under water with a sharp knife. Place flowers in warm water for two hours before using them.
Queen Anne’s Lace is also suitable for drying. To get the best results with Queen Anne’s Lace you should select blooms that are just at their peak or even just before full bloom. Hang flowers upside down in a dry, dark and warm place. It will take around 2 to 3 weeks for the flowers to dry.
Sow seeds in autumn or spring after the last frost. Sprinkle on top of the soil, gently water and leave. If you wish to grow the seeds in a pot before transplanting into the garden, make sure it large enough to accommodate the developing taproot.
Please note that people with sensitive skin may react when handling this plant.