Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Biennial

Non-native: Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in pastures, fields, roadsides, waste places, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009

 

full sun ...Variable

LEAVES:
Pinnately decompound
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
White
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5 stamens
Inferior ovary
Flowers in compound umbels

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Schizocarp of two mericarps

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Apiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Daucus carota   FAMILY Apiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Daucus carota   FAMILY Apiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 140-05-001:
Daucus carota   FAMILY Apiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Queen Anne's Lace, Wild Carrot, Bird's Nest


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_daca6_001_lhd

        

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Gill Newberry    gn05_d_carota_top_inf

May        

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JK Marlow    jkm0505j_32

May    Haywood County    NC

Parking lot

Erect, usually branched, hairy biennial to 2m from a strong taproot, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm180509_2043

May    Greenville County    SC

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdcarota_nt2

May        

The central flower of each umbel is maroon, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Roxanna Martin    rlm52211_29

May    Spartanburg County    SC

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Roxanna Martin    rlm52609_048

May    Spartanburg County    SC

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Roxanna Martin    rlm53010_260

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Involucral bracts scarious-margined [margin somewhat translucent, not green], per Weakley's Flora.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE involucral bracts of Wild Carrot/Queen Anne's Lace species

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Roxanna Martin    rlm53010_273

May    Spartanburg County    SC

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Roxanna Martin    rlm53010_354

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Outermost flowers of the umbel often irregular, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Gill Newberry    gn06_d_carota_inf_bracts

June        

Involucral bracts pinnately divided into linear to filiform segments, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm0206c_15

June    Greenville County    SC

The umbel and its developing seeds form a "bird's nest", per All About Weeds.

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JK Marlow    jkm0306c_28

June    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0306d_30

June    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Flowers white - or rarely pale purple, in flat heads or umbels, per Great Smoky Mountains Wildflowers.

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JK Marlow    jkm0306d_31

June    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm140615_024

June    Greenville County    SC

Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve

The branching pattern of a compound umbel is more easily seen from underneath.

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JK Marlow    jkm0308l_19

August    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm150808_582

August    Watauga County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm141001_017

October    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm141001_017b

October    Greenville County    SC

Bristles of fruit simple or weakly uncinate, rarely weakly glochidiate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm141009_099

October    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Leaf stalks in the Apiaceae usually have a broad sheathing base, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm141009_101

October    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

An ancestor of the familiar cultivated carrot, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm0411b_35

November    Madison County    NC

Max Patch

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John Cardina, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org    bug_1552204

Month Unknown        

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Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California    bug_5374195

Month Unknown        

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Bruce Ackley, The Ohio State University, Bugwood.org     bug_5438584

Month Unknown        

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Tim Spira    tps_dcarota

Month Unknown