Definition of Queen Anne's lace in US English:

Queen Anne's lace


  • The uncultivated form of the carrot, with broad round heads of tiny white flowers that resemble lace.

    Daucus carota, family Umbelliferae

    Also called wild carrot
    • ‘And next summer, when you're admiring the Queen Anne's lace along the roadside, thank the colonists: that flower is a wild carrot gone to bloom - escaped from those the colonists planted a few hundred years ago.’
    • ‘As pastures give way to housing and roadsides are sprayed for weed control, plants like butterfly weed, Queen Anne's lace, and bee balm (scarlet bergamot) need new habitats in order to survive.’
    • ‘Large, many-flowered blooms such as dill, fluffy grasses, and Queen Anne's lace, should be dried upright, not hanging upside down.’
    • ‘The delicate Queen Anne's lace is also surprisingly stout.’
    • ‘Ornamental umbels are represented by the delicately virginal Queen Anne's lace, which can grow to monstrous proportions if supported among other plants in the flower border and makes a surprisingly good cut flower.’
    • ‘Plants such as dill, coriander, and Queen Anne's lace - when allowed to flower - are among the best beneficial insect attractors you can grow.’
    • ‘Common biennials are the roadside favorite, Queen Anne's lace, native Black-eyed Susan, and Sweet William.’
    • ‘Some people have used herbs to prevent conception, like the seeds of Queen Anne's lace.’
    • ‘Tall grasses and weeds - especially pokeweed, mullein and Queen Anne's lace that will produce fruits and copious seed heads - grow profusely.’
    • ‘Of those described, all were based on nature, primarily representing common wildflowers, including clover, the wild carrot (as Queen Anne's lace was called at the time), sage seed, nannyberry flowers, and dandelion seedballs.’
    • ‘I glanced down at my flowers: Queen Anne's lace and daises mingled with scabious.’
    • ‘Canterbury bells, Echium, foxglove, sweet William, Queen Anne's lace and mullein (also known as verbascum) are among the commonly grown ornamental biennials.’
    • ‘There were bouquets of roses, violets, daffodils, lilies, tulips, pussy willows mixed with babies breath and sunflowers mixed with Queen Anne's lace.’
    • ‘Consider as another great benefit to birds making a portion of your yard a lawn mower-free zone, where tall grasses and even ‘weeds,’ such as Queen Anne's lace, rue and milkweed can flourish.’
    • ‘Fuchsia, goldenrod, and Queen Anne's lace graced the hedgerows as we drove in from Foxford.’
    • ‘Yarrow and Queen Anne's lace are popular with butterflies, but can be aggressive spreaders.’
    • ‘He had given her corsage made of carnations just like these with little pieces of Queen Anne's lace mixed in and tied with a blue ribbon.’
    • ‘Their foliage, like that of the carrot, is referred to as Queen Anne's lace.’
    • ‘Well, first of all, they were daisies and rhododendrons, and anyone who knows me would say that the only flowers I like are white, or blood red, roses, along with Queen Anne's lace.’
    • ‘Red tulips echo the color of the vase; pink tulips and white Queen Anne's lace fill in around them.’


Queen Anne's lace

/ˌkwēn ˌanz ˈlās/