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it must be natures wild dash before fall, the queen Anne's lace is in full flower again. its also called wild carrot and its supposed to be good to make a tea to cure an upset stomach.
wondering in what ways have you used queen annes lace, can the  roots be eaten like carrots, dried and saved for tea, any uses for the leaves and flowers?
 
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At least one species of Queen Anne's Lace is not just called wild carrot, it is literally the same species (Daucus carota) as domesticated carrot. The roots are said to be much woodier in texture than domesticated carrot, though. This might be exacerbated by the fact that Daucus carota is a biennial, and the carrots we eat are harvested during their first year when they are more tender. By the time Queen Anne's lace flowers, it's already in its second year. If you can identify any first year Queen Anne's lace, the roots might be worth a try - but anything with those easily recognizable flowers will have woody roots.

(If you garden, domesticated carrot should happily grow anywhere that Queen Anne's lace grows, but because they're the same species cross-pollination makes seed-saving chancy.)
 
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My mother used to dry the flower heads (laid upside down on/in a bed of kitty litter), then lightly spray flat white paint on them, and use a hundred or so of them as "snowflake" Christmas tree decorations. She would just lay them all over the tree, held in place only by the needles/stems meshing. They would last a few years, if handled gently and stored in a shallow box.
 
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You can also harvest the fresh flowers - prettiest ones - place them in a vase and add food coloring. The color will creep into the flowers. We used to sometimes split the stems and place each split part in  a different color to watch the flowers turn multi-color.

Fun experiments from my childhood.
 
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The roots are perfectly edible, they have a rather tough central core much like a wild parsnip and they are no where near as large as a domesticated carrot but there is nothing objectionable about them, the leaves should be avoided by pregnant women, the same goes for cultivated but wild ones are stronger. Just as parsnips do wild carrot leaves can also cause blisters on the skin when exposed to sunlight so take care not to rub yourself in them when picking.
 
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