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Queen Anne's Lace (Wild Carrot)

SKU: 063
  • Queen Anne's lace, also known as wild carrot, is a biennial plant that belongs to the Apiaceae family. It is native to Europe and parts of Asia, but has been naturalized in many parts of the world, including North America.


    The plant typically grows to be about 1-3 feet tall and has feathery leaves with a lacy appearance. In the summer, it produces large, flat-topped clusters of small, white or off-white flowers that resemble lace. The flowers are followed by elongated, ribbed fruits that are covered in small hooks and bristles, which are often used to attach themselves to clothing or fur.


    Queen Anne's lace is commonly used in traditional herbal medicine and has been credited with a range of health benefits. It is rich in antioxidants and is believed to have anti-inflammatory, diuretic, and anti-spasmodic properties. It has also been used to treat a variety of conditions, such as urinary tract infections, digestive issues, and menstrual problems. Queen Anne's lace has been used topically as a natural remedy for various skin issues such as rashes, sunburns, and skin inflammation. It can be infused in oil and applied to the affected area to soothe and moisturize the skin.


    The seeds of Queen Anne's lace have been used traditionally to treat respiratory ailments like bronchitis, asthma, and coughs. The seeds contain an essential oil that helps to relax the bronchial muscles and reduce inflammation in the respiratory tract. It has also been used traditionally to improve digestion, stimulate appetite, and relieve gastrointestinal issues like constipation, bloating, and flatulence.


    The young leaves and roots of Queen Anne's lace are edible and have been used in culinary applications for centuries. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked, while the roots can be boiled or roasted and used as a coffee substitute. Traditionally, the seeds were also used as contraception because of its apiol compound. 


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    50 seeds per pack

    • Choose the right location: Queen Anne's lace prefers a sunny location with well-drained soil. It can also tolerate partial shade.

    • Plant the seeds: Sow the seeds directly in the garden in early spring, about 1/4 inch deep and 1 inch apart. You can also start the seeds indoors in late winter and transplant the seedlings outdoors when the weather warms up.

    • Water the plants: Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged. Water the plants deeply once a week, especially during dry spells.

    • Fertilize the plants: Queen Anne's lace doesn't need a lot of fertilizer, but you can give it a boost by adding compost or a balanced fertilizer in the spring.

    • Control weeds: Queen Anne's lace can compete with weeds, but it's a good idea to keep the area around the plants weed-free.

    • Harvest the seeds: Queen Anne's lace flowers in the second year, usually from June to August. The flowers turn into seed heads that you can harvest and dry for use in cooking or as a natural dye.

    • Maintain the plants: After the plant has produced seeds, it will die back. You can leave the dead foliage in place for winter interest or cut it back to the ground. If you want to save the seeds for planting next year, be sure to collect them before they fall to the ground.


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