||Tall herb, about 2-5 feet tall. Leaves
very finely dissected. Flowers tiny, in a
flat-topped symmetrical cluster (an "umbel"). Usually all
flowers are white, except the very center one which is deep
purple. Below the umbel is a whorl of finely dissected
leaf-like bracts. The fruits are hooked brownish seeds that form from each flower. Blooms in summer.
This is the same species as
cultivated carrots; it escaped long ago to become this very weed
of waste places. Common in Wildwood along the bike path
and Wildwood Drive.
Other members of the Celery Family have similar flower
clusters, but those in Wildwood are either much smaller or much
larger than Queen Anne's lace. The single purple flower is
also a good help in identifying the plant. At first glance
it might be confused with Yarrow (Achillea
millefolium), but that has somewhat different leaves and
very different flower clusters.