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Queen Anne's Lace is a common wildflower in the United States, but it is not native here. How was this plant introduced into the US?


Queen Anne's Lace was introduced to in the US as a food plant known as a carrot. That's right. Queen Anne's Lace is simply the "wild" form of the carrots you see at the grocery. The large carrot root is not a survival mechanism for the plant, and in the wild they survive better by using that energy for other things. If the seeds are scattered outside our carefully fertilized and tended gardens, the plants with smaller roots have a better survival rate, and within a few generations they revert to the variety that we call Queen Anne's Lace.