Queen Anne’s Lace is our first Flower of the Month of 2024. This adaptable and hardy flower is a popular choice used among many floral arrangements, especially in wedding florals. Keep reading to know more about this intricate flower including why it is called the Wild Carrot.
Native to: Europe and Asia
In The Wild: Queen Anne’s Lace can be found in places where it can get full sun like meadows, pastures, roadsides, and other open areas.
In A Vase:
Like any cut flowers, you want to make sure you cut the stems and replace the water regularly. Be sure to remove any leaves and foliage from the stems that might become submerged in the water of your floral arrangement. Queen Anne’s Lace can sometimes wilt unexpectedly. If this happens, cut off 2-4 inches and place it in cool water in a cool location, it should perk up within a day.
Growing in your Garden:
Queen Anne’s Lace grows best in dry places with full sun exposure and well-draining soil, but they are very adaptable. Even if you have poor soil conditions, they can still thrive. They are also very drought-tolerant, so if you forget to water them, that’s fine. Although they are very adaptable, they do not like damp conditions. Be careful when growing Queen Anne’s Lace because they grow rapidly. It’s a good idea to snip off the flower heads before they seed to prevent the spread.
Queen Anne’s Lace belongs to the carrot family and is also called the Wild Carrot. It even gives off a similar scent to carrots.
Since it does belong to the carrot family, the roots of wild Queen Anne’s Lace are edible, as long as it is not fully mature. Be careful of its toxic lookalike, Poison Hemlock.
Queen Anne’s Lace is often associated with femininity, delicacy, and natural beauty. It has also been used as a symbolic representation of purity.
It is said that Queen Anne’s Lace is named after Queen Anne of England, who was known for her skill in needlework. The flower also got its name because it resembled fine lace that could be seen on women’s clothing during the time of her reign.
Queen Anne’s Lace grows in 48 states in America and in 14 of them, it is considered invasive.
Each plant can produce up to 40,000 seeds except for the dark red and purple flowers as they are sterile.
They make long-lasting cut flowers in wildflower arrangements.