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  • Grows up to 1.5 meters tall

  • Introduced from Europe by setters

  • Similar in appearance to poison and water hemlock, giant hogweed, and wild parsnip


Queen Anne's lace
(Daucus carota)

Quick Identification

  • A hairy stock with lacy leaves

  • White flowers appear as umbrella like structures in May to October

  • Be careful of lookalike species as several are toxic to people and animals

Reduces forage quality and crop yields by outcompeting desired species.  Produces off-tasting mild in dairy animals.  Consumption can cause pregnancy issues.

Hand pulling can be effective but wear gloves as it can cause skin irritation.  Mowing is effective if done after the plant elongates and before a flower forms.  Tilling and reseeding with desired species helps to reduce infestations.  Effective herbicides are available.

Flowers are white with a dark purple to black centers and grow in umbrella-like structures.  Flowers form a distinctive, green cup prior to blooming.

Leaves & Stems
Leaves are similar in appearance to carrot leaves and are hairy.  Stems are branching and also covered in fine hairs.


A  taproot with a carrot-like smell and appearance.

Reproduction & Dispersal
Reproduces by seed which are spread by wind, on equipment, by animals, and in moved soil. Seeds easily hook on fur and clothing.


Seeds have small hooks which allow them to catch on clothing and furs for dispersal.  Seed remain viable for 1 to 2 years.

Preferred Habitat
Grows in rich organic soils, disturbed areas, and agricultural land.  It prefers well drained soils and full sun.

Interesting Facts
Though the root pf Queen Anne's lace is edible, it is similar in appearance to several deadly poisonous plants.  Historically, Queen Anne's lace was used as birth control.

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