Queen Anne's Lace
Wild Carrot, Queen Anne's Lace
Queen Anne's Lace is the wild progenitor of our cultivated carrot. It still has many of the properties lost in cultivation. If an apple a day will keep the Doctor away, a wild carrot a day might keep death itself away.
A common annual or biennial plant of downs and roadsides, its leaves are a common sight in neglected vegetable gardens. The cultivated form provides the edible kitchen carrot. When the wild carrot begins to fruit, it is at its most distinctive. The fruits have long spines which attach itself to any passing animal. In the 16th century it was known as a remedy for epilepsy and much later on it was used for such diverse complaints as dropsy and kidney stones.
Average height: 30-40cm
Aspect: Full sun, but will tolerate partial shade
Soil type: Well drained soils
Sowing period: March to May or September - October
First signs of blossom: 6 to 8 weeks
Average flowering period: 3 months
Contents: Approximately 50 seeds