Wild Carrot (Queen Anne's Lace)

Scientific Name - Daucus carota L.
Family - Umbelliferae

.Slender, branched biennial with a white fleshy taproot shaped like a carrot. First year, develops only a rosette of finely divided leaves. Mature plant with hollow stems and carrot-like odor. Leaves alternate, pinnately divided into small linear segments. Petiole sheath-like, clasping the stems. Small, white flowers in dense, flat or concave clusters at ends of stems or branches. Center flower in cluster, maroon to black in color. Fruit bristled, in clusters. Reproduces by seed. Found in southern Canada south into northern Florida and west to Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and California. Also found in Mexico, Central and South America, Australia, Europe, Asia, and Hawaii.