- Introduced from Europe in the 1700’s.
- Grows up to 3 to 5 feet in height.
- White umbel of flowers that starts out curled up and opens as the flowers mature.
- These white flowers look similar to other species in the Carrot family.
- A distinguishing feature is the centre flower of a Queen Anne’s Lace umbel will often be purple, red or black.
- Umbel has a whorl of green bracts underneath.
- 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, particularly 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
- Prevent establishment of this plant by keeping equipment clean to prevent transport of seeds, and maintaining healthy desirable vegetation rather than leaving soil bare.
- Mow low to the ground after stems elongate but before flowering.
- Small infestations may be pulled by hand. Wear gloves as this plant can cause skin irritation in some people.
- Plowing and replanting infested areas will help to decrease the infestation.
- Chemical treatments may be an option, consult a professional to determine whether this is an option for you.