Queen Anne’s Lace (Wild Carrot)
A biennial with branching stems. Flowers minute, 5-petaled, white or rarely pinkish white, in large compound umbels (umbrella-shaped clusters). The central floret is usually purple. After blooming, the umbel withers and contracts, forming a bowl into which the seeds fall. Blooms May–October. Leaves pinnately divided into straplike leaflets (twice-compound). A rosette of basal leaves is formed during the first year and overwinters. The flower stalk develops during the second growing season. Root a stout taproot. Seeds oblong and spiny.