Monday, July 19, 2010

Queen Anne's Lace

OK. I dare you to tell me that, as a kid,  this flower did not inspire a sense of wonder.

It starts out as a little green basket and then overnight you have big, lacy white flowers. You find its name truly fits the flower. But what is that black spot?

Myth says that it is a drop of Queen Anne's blood; that she pricked her finger on a needle while making the lace.

The black spot is simply a black floret. Queen Anne's Lace is an import from Europe. It is a member of the carrot family, in fact, our carrots are direct decendants of this plant.

Queen Anne's Lace is important to the Eastern Black Swallowtail butterfly and other insects; and thousands of childhood memories.      

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