Other names: Queen Anne’s lace, bird’s nest
Life cycle: Biennial
Found in: Throughout the U.S.
General description: A slender erect plant that closely resembles a garden carrot in the first year of growth and develops white flat-topped flowers in the second year.
Seedlings: Cotyledons are linear, hairless, taper at the base and the end and may be mistaken for an emerging grass seedling.
True leaves: Forms a rosette of lobed dissected leaves the first year. In the second year, alternate, oblong and lobed leaves occur on flowering stems.
Flowers and fruit: Flowers are white, tiny and occur in flat-topped, dense clusters that give the appearance of a single flower. There is often a single purple flower in the center of the cluster, and as the cluster matures it often curves inward, creating a bird’s-nest effect.