It is June and a meadowlark sings in the wheat. On bowed wings he flits with a harsh sputtering and a flashing of white tail feathers to a fencepost across the field. Into the sunshine he thrusts his golden bosom with its great black Vinked into it, so that he glints in his pride as he sings over and over again. Beneath him along the fence row are the flat rosettes of snowy Queen Anne's lace or wild carrot, emblem of June. It has delicate clusters of tiny off-center flowers with a single maroon floweret uniquely set in the center of the cluster. Meadowlarks and Queen Anne's lace - these are part of June.
Daucus carota L.
June - August Roadsides, fields.
Wild carrot is a weed brought over from Europe. It is a pest when it gets into crop fields, and is then vigorously called devil's weed by farmers who find it difficult to eradicate. Old fields which lie fallow for a year or so may grow up in wild carrot until the landscape is white. Along roadsides and in waste places, the carrot is no longer a pest but is one of the most ornamental flowers of the summer.
The plants range in height from one to four feet with hairy stems which grow from a deep carrot root. The leaves are fern-like and deeply cut, and the flower heads are often four inches wide, composed of many thin spokes which terminate in a small cluster of flowers. The entire group makes a broad, lacy, intricate umbel. When the seeds begin to form, the thin flower stems in the umbel curve toward the center so that the seed-head resembles a bird's nest. During the summer the carrot plants have flowers and seed-heads in all stages of development, until they are ended by the coming of heavy frost.