Daucus carota - Queen Anne’s Lace
Quarter of a teaspoon of open pollinated seeds from our gardens for $4.00.
This attractive plant with fern like foliage grows 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.
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.
Queen Anne’s Lace makes an excellent cut flower and will look stunning in a vase with your sweet peas.
Please note that people with sensitive skin make react when handling this plant.