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Queen Anne's Lace
Daucus carota
Carrot family (Wild carrot)
Host Plant

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Queen Anne's Lace has beautiful white flowers

The carrots brought over by the Pilgrims escaped captivity and adapted to growing conditions in most of the country.  It's a wild carrot, not orange, but white, and doesn't have the flavor that we love in cultured carrots.  Host plant for Black Swallowtail caterpillar, although it's not a preferred host plant.  The leaves are too tough, and the caterpillars prefer parsley or fennel, but in a pinch, they WILL eat this plant.

Not a true native plant in the US, but a great wildflower.  Found in meadows and fields..


Culture

Light:  Full sun

Propagation:  Seeds - sow where it grows, keep moist until leaves appear, then it grows like a weed.  Has a long taproot (a carrot) and doesn't transplant well.

Soil and Fertility:  Well-drained, unfertile soil.

Hardiness: 


Dependable bloomer that provides nectar for the beneficial insects that prey on aphids.  I've seen many insects nectaring on this flower.

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