Monday, February 20, 2012

Queen of the Wildflowers

I love Queen Anne's Lace, and always look forward to springtime when its elegant lacy blooms can be seen blowing in the breeze along roadsides and in fields.

Queen Anne's Lace originated in Europe, where it was used in old Victorian gardens. It is also known as "Wild Carrot," and can be found growing wild along roadsides almost anywhere in America.

Queen Anne's Lace is best known for its flowers, which are tiny and white, blooming in lacy, flat-topped clusters which resemble little doilies. Curiously, at the center of the flower heads there is a floret that is deep reddish-purple (you can click on the pictures to enlarge them, if you'd like).

No one knows for sure what the function of this special feature might be, but English tradition says it is a drop of blood that fell from Anne's finger when she pricked it making lace. More than likely, the colored flower part serves as a target for potential pollinators.

And speaking of "pollinators" — I was delighted to capture a couple of ladybugs, busily doing whatever ladybugs do ...

Actually, I think this one is a GUY ladybug,
for lack of a better name for him ...

As with most flowers, I found the underside of Queen Anne's Lace to be just as beautiful and interesting ...

This next photo reminds me of one of those rides at a fair, with the seats that go round and round ...

I hope you enjoyed my "up close and personal" photos of Queen Anne's Lace. I can't wait 'til Spring, so I can take some new pictures of this exquisite wildflower.


C. M. Designs said...

Hi Janie, Queen Anne's Lace is a beautiful wild flower.. It's amazing how all of those little white flowers can come from one stem. It is a mystery how all of the flowers can come from a bulb, tuber or a seed etc. and be so beautiful.. Have a beatiful day.. Spring is not far away. Smiles, Charlotte in Va.

Dorothy said...

Beautiful photos! I love Queen Anne's Lace.

LindaG said...

Lovely pictures.

I think the yellow one is a beetle. I was thinking cucumber beetle.

When we bought our retirement property, there were flowers like that 10 and 12 feet tall. I thought they were Queen Anne's Lace. And some of them might have been.

But some were Poison Hemlock, which looks disturbingly like Queen Anne's Lace.

Have a wonderful day! :)

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Richard Cottrell said...

One of my favorites, we do not get it till May or June. Fields and fields of it and road sides. I am like you. Can't wait. Richard from My old Historic House.