- Wild carrot, Birds-nest devils plague
- An herbaceous biennial with a taproot, 1-3 feet tall.
- alternate, compound, linear or lanceolate divisions
- rough hairs on top and bottom
- round teeth
- rough hairs
- vertically ribbed
- White five-petaled flowers arranged in dense umbels up to 4 inches across. The stems of the outer flowers are shorter than those of the inner flowers.
- oblong, flattened
- green turning to brown
- carpels ridged
- some have spines with oil tubes
- waste ground, roadsides, disturbed areas
- barbed seeds are dispersed by animals, humans and wind
Key ID Features:
- finely divided, yellow-green, carrot-like leaves
- light whitish-green stems
- umbrella-like clusters of tiny flowers
- lacy appearance
- dark central spot
- The white topped umbels of Queen Anne's Lace resemble those of the white-flowered form of Yarrow (Achilliea millefolium).
- Mayweed chamomile (Anthemis cotula) has erect, flowering stems that are leafy.
- Poison-hemlock (Conium maculatum) is also similar but has smooth, purple spotted stems that are rigid.
- This species can compete with native plants for resources. It has an advantage in severely disturbed habitats because it grows taller and matures faster than many native plants.
- On Nantucket, this species is found in some natural areas.
Growth Form: Herb
Origin: Europe, Asia
Level of Invasiveness for Nantucket: Do not list at this time
Level of Invasiveness for Massachusetts: Not evaluated
Massachusetts Cultivation Restrictions: no