Sub-category: Carrot family
Domesticated carrots are cultivars of a subspecies, Daucus carota subsp. sativus. A teaspoon of crushed Queen Anne's Lace seeds has long been used as a form of birth control; its use for this purpose was first described by Hippocrates over 2,000 years ago.
A variable biennial plant, usually growing up to 1 m tall. The umbels are claret-colored or pale pink before they open, then bright white and rounded when in full flower, measuring 3 to 7 cm wide with a festoon of bracts beneath; finally, as they turn to seed, they contract and become concave like a bird's nest. The dried umbels detach from the plant, becoming tumbleweeds. Similar in appearance to the deadly poison hemlock, Daucus carota is distinguished by a mix of bi-pinnate and tri-pinnate leaves, fine hairs on its stems and leaves, a root that smells like carrots, and occasionally a single dark red flower in its center.
Found in fields and near roadsides and waste areas. Blooms from June to August