The wildflower Queen Anne’s Lace always grabs my attention. I notice it everywhere we go on Prince Edward Island this time of year. The plant has a root which resembles a carrot, hence its other name Wild Carrot but the lacy name is so much prettier.
The bloom itself is a beauty one would want in a flower bed if it wasn’t so hard to control. Before long, the plant would fill the garden and a lawn. However, I love the sight of these tall beauties in the wild and I always photograph them.
The flowers grow out from the top of a stem in a cluster called an umbrel.
There may be a single purple flower in the centre top of the umbrel as there is here.
Along the boardwalk by the harbour in Summerside, Queen Anne’s Lace grows among the other wildflowers.
My favourite photos however are those taken with the sea in the background.
During our recent visit to Black Marsh, Queen Anne’s Lace in one of the wildflowers which grows along the trails there.
In one area, it is an excellent companion for Fireweed which grows on the opposite side of the trail.
At the entrance to the trail, there is an area at least 15 meters long where the Queen’s flowers fill the space out to the edge of the cliff. There are hundreds of thousands of blooms. The sign warning of the edge of the cliff is redundant as long as these blooms are present blocking the way to the edge.
Before long, all blooms will be gone and the seed pods will have their own beautiful shape.
This lace has a beauty all its own.