Queen Anne’s Lace is a weed that grows wild in dry ditches, wild fields and along roadsides. The tiny white flowers resemble lace, which has led to their name. Originally from Europe, this plant now grows wild in many parts of the United States. Queen Anne’s Lace is also known as wild carrot, and is a distant relative of the modern carrot grown in gardens and farms today. When the flowers have bloomed and gone, the long stems close, forming a loose ball that contains the seeds.
Cut off the head of a Queen Anne’s Lace flower in late fall after the seeds have dried and turned brown. Queen Anne’s lace propagates easily; in the wild all that is needed is a strong wind or a passing animal to propagate it, so spread the seeds around.
Holding the flower head over a paper bag. Shake it until all the seeds have come loose; you can use your hands to work any remaining seeds off the flower head.
Plant your wild carrot seeds soon after collection by spreading them loosely in wild or cultivated land. Queen Anne’s Lace is a biennial weed; it will flower on the second year after planting.
Store seeds for up to a year in a plastic baggie if you cannot plant them immediately after harvest. Always spread seeds in the fall so that they can get established over the winter and begin their growth cycle in the spring.
Things You Will Need
- Paper bag
- Pruning shears
- Plastic baggie (optional)
- The long finger-like stalks on each flower head hold a cluster of white flowers. Each flower will become a seed. Wait until the seeds have turned brown on the plant before you harvest them.
- Queen Anne's Lace is a prevalent weed that can take over if left unattended, to manage or reduce the plant in an area, cut off the flower heads before they go to seed.