|Scientific Name||Daucus carota||USDA PLANTS Symbol||DACA6|
|Common Name||Queen Anne's Lace||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||29477|
Life zones and habitat: Plains to foothills (5000 to 7500 ft); along streams and moist areas in meadows and slopes.
Plant: Erect biennial with a rosette of basal leaves during the first year and flowering stalks the second; second year plants 2 to 5 ft. tall; central stem of second year plants somewhat branched, light green, sometimes tinted red, with vertical veins, nearly smooth to slightly hairy.
Leaves: Overall appearance of compound leaves rather lacy or fern-like; blades bipinnate-pinnatifid or pinnate-bipinnatifid 5 inches long and 2-1/2 inches across overall with small ultimate segments 1/8 to 3/8-inch long, oblong-linear or narrowly rhombic in shape; margins sometimes sparsely ciliate; basal rosette leaves on long, slender petioles; stem leaves alternate.
Inflorescence: Solitary compound umbels of very small flowers 2 to 5 inches across on long naked stalks; compound umbel has 20 to 90 umbellets, and each umbellet has 15 to 60 flowers; each flower less than 1/8-inch across with 5 white petals with incurved tips; small number of linear bractlets below each umbellet and several bracts below the main umbel that are pinnatifid with linear lobes.
Bloom Period: July to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield and Illinois Wildflowers.
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