Queen Anne’s Lace has always been one of my favorite wildflowers. I use to love finding the little dark red (almost purple) flower in the middle of all the white clusters. I am not sure why but the one lone flower always fascinated me.
Many in my area know the Queen Anne’s Lace as a wild carrot. The plant is actually edible. The roots have woody taste and can be used in soups as well as other recipes such as teas. Just be aware not to mix the plant up with Poison Hemlock which could make you very sick.
Did you know that Queen Anne’s Lace is actually name after Queen Anne of England? According the story, Queen Anne was sewing when she pricked her finger. As her finger began to bleed, the blood dropped down on to the white lace. So, the flower with the white clusters and one reddish purple dot in the middle became known as Queen Anne’s Lace. I had never heard that story before until I started researching. I found the information really interesting. So the next time you see Queen Anne’s Lace along the highway think how the name actually started with an injury from sewing.