wild carrot, bird's nest, and bishop's lace
Scientific Name: Daucus carota
Volkswalk: Milwaukie - Elks Island 7/27/13
Queen Anne's Lace was introduced from Europe,
and the carrots that we eat today originated from this plant.
The flowers are tiny and white, blooming in lacy, flat-topped clusters.
Each little flower has a dark, purplish center.
People can eat the large taproot, which is a carrot.
The leaves of the plant are toxic, and may irritate the skin.
After the flowers mature, they curl inward to build a "birds' nest" shape.
Note, the small red or purple flower at the center of the picture
Queen Ann's Lace is so called because:
a) the flower resembles lace and
b) the red flower in the center is thought to represent a blood droplet
where Queen Anne pricked herself with a needle when she was making the lace.
The scientific function of the tiny red flower is to attract insects.