31 Jul 2011

Just Like Queen Anne's Lace

Summer on the farm deep in the country just wouldn't be so without the commonly found wild flower known as Wild Carrot (Daucus carota) that sways in the wind to the tune of surrounding grasses, gracing meadows, roadsides and informal romantic bouquets. This member of the apiaceae family is a fascinating display of tiny flower clusters all to itself, linked together into a lacy umbellated pattern that lends it its 'Queen Anne's Lace' moniker; in other words this ephemeral botanical work of art deserves more than a passing glance!

Sources: (1) to (8) Photography is copyright Mirabelle Design Inspiration, taken on location in Northern Corsica between Summer 2010 and Summer 2011. (9) Black & white illustration: Queen Anne's Lace, Wild Carrot, Daucus Carota, by Britton, N.L., and A. Brown (1913), Illustrated Flora of the Northern States and Canada. Vol. 2: 625 (via the Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health).

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