Queen Anne’s Lace 2

I posted about this flower previously and when I researched it, I found out that it sometimes has a tiny dark red flower in its center, supposedly to attract insects (but it’s so tiny, would they really notice?) So when I saw this group of plants, I checked, and some did have this little flower, tiny and almost black– see it?. (It’s the drop of blood where Queen Anne pricked her finger while making lace.)

Queen Anne’s Lace, Wild Carrot (Daucus carota)

Queen Anne’s Lace

As long as 2000 years ago, the crushed seeds were used for birth control… by disrupting ovum implantation… It is documented to increase tomato plant production when it’s planted nearby. The root is edible when young. Carrots are a cultivated form of this species. Occasionally the cluster will have one dark red flower in the center, to attract insects — the name is because the flower cluster is lacy, and the red flower is like a drop of blood where Queen Anne pricked herself while making the lace.

Queen Anne’s Lace, Wild Carrot, Bird’s Nest (Daucus carota)