Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Queen-Anne's-Lace - Daucus carota   L.
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DistributionThroughout the state, no doubt in every county, and including the Outer Banks of Dare, Hyde, and Carteret counties.

Native of Europe; in N.A. throughout.
AbundanceCommon to often abundant throughout, except uncommon in the Sandhills proper and on the Outer Banks. One of the most often seen exotic species in the state.
HabitatFields, meadows, pastures, roadsides, campus weed, yard weed, vacant lots, waste places.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-September.
IdentificationQueen-Anne's-Lace hardly needs description, since it is familiar to most folks. The leaves are lacy-cut; and the broad, domed umbel is bright white, usually with a maroon central flower. The stems are hispid-hairy. The overlooked and rather poorly-known native D. pusillus differs mainly in its shorter umbel rays (less than 3 cm long vs. greater than 3 cm long in Queen-Anne's-Lace) and having barbed bristles on fruits (vs. unbarbed in the non-native species).
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B.A. SorriePiedmont, edge of pasture, Glendon-Carthage Road, late May 2015. MoorePhoto_non_natural
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