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Next Year’s Queen Anne’ s Lace October 18, 2010

Posted by Wapello Warbler in Nature, Wild Flowers.
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Wild Carrots

While I was poking around the roadside photographing sunflowers and asters, I came across a large patch of wild carrots. Next year this carrot patch will produce beautiful Queen Anne’s Lace.

The plant is a biennial. The first year it produces the root. The second year it uses the nutrients stored in the root to produce a tall flower and reproduce itself. It’s not hard to see that this tactic gives it a “leg up” on the grass and helps it distribute it’s seeds more widely.

Many of the wildflowers native to the prairie and some of our other prolific immigrants are also bienniels, but few produce such tasty roots.

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