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Queen Anne's lace (Daucus carota L.)

Also known as European wild carrot, bird's nest, bishop's lace.

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Native to Europe and southwest Asia, and introduced in North America and other regions.

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Introduced or Not Present

This tentative map is based on our own research. It may have limited data on Canada and/or Mexico, and there is some subjectivity in our assignment of plants as introduced vs. expanded. Read more in this blog post.

This species is also introduced in Canada and Mexico; we have yet to build these portions of its map.


In North America, most common in anthropogenic habitats. Found in meadows, fallow fields, pastures, roadsides and railroads, vacant lots and industrial areas.


This species is widely cultivated as a food plant. Cultivated carrots havee been selected to have rather different characteristics from the wild plants, including larger, sweeter roots which are usually orange in color but can also be yellow, reddish, dark purple, or white like wild-type plants.

Although usually cultivated for its root, the stems and leaves are also edible. Wild plants are more likely to cause photosensitivity than cultivated plants.

Sometimes grown for its flower, or used in gardening as a companion plant.

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