I definitely don't wan to leave them growing, they are already the majority of the plant in that area and are invasive and aggressive. Over time I would like this meadow to be returned to native species.
I think the periodic grazing with goats will work fine since you already have plans for goats. You can fence off an area and crowd it with goats to get rid of the QAL and then immediately plant native seeds, leaving the fence up to protect that area. This is if you're really serious about re-establishing natives, because it will be an expense and trouble to do these fenced areas. I have a similar challenge on my place of wanting to establish natives but having way too many sheep and deer for anything to establish without being fenced.
The Wild Carrot (Daucus Carota) or Queen Annes Lace is one of many umbelliferous plants to be found growing around the world. Although the species name for this ferny plant with the elegant, white lacy flowers is "aucus carota", the same one used for cultivated carrots it is not the same plant. As a member of the carrot family it has a long taproot and lacy leaves. Dig up and crush a Wild Carrot root and you will find that it smells just like a carrot.
Wild Carrot is also known as Queen Anne's Lace, Birds Nest Weed, Bees Nest, Devils Plague, garden carrot, Bird's Nest Root, Fools Parsley, Lace Flower, Rantipole, Herbe a dinde and Yarkuki. Herbe a dinde derives from its use as a feed for young turkeys-dinde.
"aucus" comes from daukos, name given by the Greeks to some members of the the Umbelliferae family and it seems to derive from "daîo" : I overheat . Carota means carrot in Latin.
The wild carrot is an aromatic herb that acts as a diuretic, soothes the digestive tract and stimulates the uterus. A wonderfully cleansing medicine, it supports the liver, stimulates the flow of urine and the removal of waste by the kidneys. An infusion is used in the treatment of various complaints including digestive disorders, kidney and bladder diseases and in the treatment of dropsy.
An infusion of the leaves has been used to counter cystitis and kidney stone formation, and to diminish stones that have already formed. Carrot leaves contain significant amounts of porphyrins, which stimulate the pituitary gland and lead to the release of increased levels of sex hormones.
The plant is harvested in July and dried for later use. A warm water infusion of the flowers has been used in the treatment of diabetes. The grated raw root, especially of the cultivated forms, is used as a remedy for threadworms. The root is also used to encourage delayed menstruation.
The root of the wild plant can induce uterine contractions and so should not be used by pregnant women. A tea made from the roots is diuretic and has been used in the treatment of urinary stones.
An infusion is used in the treatment of oedema, flatulent indigestion and menstrual problems. The seed is a traditional 'morning after' contraceptive and there is some evidence to uphold this belief. It requires further investigation. Carrot seeds can be abortifacient and so should not be used by pregnant women.
Ancient folk lore said that to cure epileptic seizures you should eat the dark coloured middle flower of Queen Annes Lace. The flower is also used in ancient rituals an spells, for women to increase fertility and for men to increase potency and sexual desire!
from "esigning and maintaining Your Edible Landscape Naturally" by Robert Kourik
Queen Anne" Lace is an soil indicator. if found in abundance = uncultivate/neglected, sand, alkaline, low fertility soil
as one of Nature's bandaids, it grows where others won't, protecting the soil. Nature doesn't like bare soil. the deep tap root helps break up hardpan and the roots die and bring organic matter to the lower level of the soil.
it is an early pioneer species intent on improving the ground.
using goats or other means of improving the fertility, reduces the need for Qal and allows perennial plants such as native grasses, shrubs and trees to move in.
so thank the nice lady for her help
Brenda Groth wrote:
you should leave them, they are an umbel flower and they are the host to various types of predatory insects that will kill the pest insects on your property..you wipe them out, the pests may just well wipe you out
I have a great fondness for Queen Anne's Lace too, but it sounds like to me it's an indication of an ecosystem out of balance. Proper and rotated grazing may help encourage more diversity and allow natives to come in as well.
When I applied for my (CA) nursery license, the inspector came to investigate my operation. When he asked about several flats of seedlings I had growing, I told him what they were. He told me that I needed to get rid of them, as they were considered an invasive weed in California. My response was that they were the reason for my existence. A beneficial plant that is nearly impossible to find in California. I am (was hoping to) provide a source! One man's weed is another man's treasure! What I found ironic, was that my source of seeds was a seedsman in California. Go figure.
they pull very easily and if you don't want them to go to seed, mow them or graze them before the flowers are mature.
I believe that they increase the fertility and beneficial insects wherever they are grown, and if left to their own in a few years when the soil fertility has increased, the QAL will decrease on their own..they won't grow well in very fertile soil so as your soil fertility increases they will decrease.
we only have them growing here along the roadways now and occasionally they will pop up here or there..in the gardens or fields..but generally they only grow in waste places in our area.