White Flowers: Queen Anne’s Lace

White Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne’s Lace, one of the most common plants in North America, is mostly white with a purple flower in the center. Admittedly, we are often torn between trying to eradicate this noxious weed and admiring its delicate beauty. In the garden, we frequently see it as just a weed. As a cut flower, it has great charm by itself or as a compliment to other wild flowers until it starts dropping its petals. In the wild, it is an attractor ¬†of beneficial insects and adds beauty to the scenery.

Queen Anne’s Lace is not always white. About 1% or less of the flowers will open with a pink or purple hue. Frequently, as the flower matures the color will be washed out until it’s almost white. As the flower dries, the color will become much more intense.

Pink Queen Anne's Lace
The dark purple center of daucus carota (Queen Anne’s Lace)
Queen Anne's Lace with color
Delicate pigment
Colored Queen Anne's Lace
Mature Queen Annes Lace showing more color

Finding these rarities would be difficult indeed if the plant wasn’t so common. A hike along the edges of agriculture fields is the best way to find one.

It may take a while, but finding one is an excitement in itself.