A biennial herbaceous plant. The first year
plant consists of leaves arranged in a basal rosette pattern. The recognizable umbel flower-head
is not produced until the second year.
Up to 3 feet high; perhaps taller under
optimum growing conditions.
First years leaves appear in a rosette of 5 -
9 lacey fern-like multi-compound leaves. Second year plants
have a mix of bi-pinnate and tri-pinnate leaves with fine
hairs on the leaves.
The stems are consistently green, and
covered in tiny hairs. They DO NOT have the noticeable white
bloom indicative of poison hemlock. They are also NOT
mottled or any color other than green.
The white, thin, flexible, taproot has a strong
White umbel-shaped flower head consisting of numerous tiny
white flowers borne in a cluster.
The wild carrot looks like it's cultivated
counterpart the carrot. They are different strains of the same
species; wild carrot is Daucus carota while the cultivated
carrot is Daucus carota sativus.
Poison hemlock is just that, extremely poisonous. Do not
use Queen Anne's Lace unless it meets all of the characteristics
described in the first paragraph, and not even one of those
described in the second paragraph. Failing to follow this
direction could very well have deadly
consequences. Socrates used a tea made from poison hemlock to
commit suicide. There is also a modern day society which advocates
assisted suicide which calls itself the Hemlock Society.
I wrestled with whether or not I would include Daucus carota in
this website. I finally decided that it's common widespread
appearance necessitated it's inclusion. Once you take the time to
recognize the characteristics of Queen Anne's Lace, you will not
mistake anything else for it.
roadsides, fields, waste areas, forest edges
Root, Stem, Leaves of first year plant
Wild Food Uses:
stems can be peeled and eaten raw, or used as a cooked vegetable.
They have a very pleasant carrot flavor. The leaves and stems of the
first year plant have a very nice flavor and can be eaten in salads,
or as a cooked vegetable. The taproots of the first year, or early
second year plant may be used in any manner you might a cultivated
carrot. I have added the root to salads, soups, and stir fries. It
is one of my favorite wild vegetables.
The following text is
meant for informational purposes only. It is not meant to diagnose or
treat any illness or injury. Always consult with a physician or other
qualified medical care provider concerning the diagnosis and treatment of
any illness or injury.