Queen Anne’s Lace, Daucus carota, was once cultivated in Europe as a vegetable and is a biennial plant. Like carrots, the roots and leaves of the first-year plant are edible. Flowers can be used raw in salads or fried. Seeds can be used for seasoning.
Unfortunately, a number of poisonous plants that have a very similar appearance to Queen Anne’s Lace, such as Fool’s Parsley or Poison Hemlock. Queen Anne’s Lace has a small purple flower in the center of the flower cluster, and its roots smell like carrot. Below, the top plant is Queen Anne’s Lace, the bottom one is not.
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