Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota)
Queen Anne's lace (Daucus carota)

Queen Anne’s lace

(Daucus carota)


  • Introduced from Europe in the 1700’s.
  • Grows up to 3 to 5 feet in height.
  • White umbel flowers, that start out curled up and opens to allow pollination.
  • Flowering occurs from July to September.
  • Long taproot, that smells like carrots.
  • Found in gravelly or sandy soils and in wet areas.

Consequences of invasion

  • Displaces native plant species, particulary grasses and forbs.
  • Impacts crop and hay yields in cultivated fields.
  • Produces off-tasting milk in dairy cattle after consuming large quantities.

Integrated Pest Management Options

  • Mechanical control, by plowing and replanting of infested areas will decrease the infestation in 2 years.
  • Mow after stems elongate but before flowering.
  • Small infestations may be handpulled. Wear gloves as this plant can cause skin irritation in some people.
  • Chemical treatments are only effective during the rosette stage.

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