Queen Anne’s Lace

Daucus carota

Also called ‘Wild Carrot’, I came across this delicate white flower growing in swathes on the clifftops. Sometimes a single purple flower can be found in the centre of the umbel. When it has finished flowering it contracts to form a tight fruit cluster which resembles a bird’s nest. The leaves are finely divided.

It flowers June to August, and is found in dry, grassy places, roadsides, clifftops, and field margins. A common and widespread species.

Photograph of Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota)  taken August 2016, Bournemouth, Dorset. © Pete Hillman 2016. Camera used Nikon D3200, with Nikon 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens.