Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Wild Carrot, Queen Anne's Lace, Bird Nest, Bee's Nest
The name, Wild Carrot, comes from the carrot-like taproot. Most of what I have read does not recommend is as tasty eating. It is also known as Queen Anne's Lace and there are stories about a Queen Anne pricking her finger as she was doing her needlework and a drop of blood fell onto a flower cluster, hence the red or purple flower at the center of each cluster. You are seeing the plant here as Bird's Nest or Bee's Nest. When the seeds ripen the flowers contract into the shape of a hollow cup or nest. This young grasshopper has the same coloring as the flower cup and viewed from the top of the flower you most likely would not see him.