Daucus carota Linnaeus
Apiaceae/Umbelliferae (Parsley) Family
Plant is an upright, hairy perennial with a taproot. Preferred habitat is at roadsides, prairies, fields and waste areas. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are alternate on the stem; pinnately divided with segments being linear to lance-like or egg-shaped and lobed.
Flowers are in compound umbles (like an umbrella) at the end of the flowering stem; usually in the leaf axil, but may be opposite a leaf; bisexual; symmetrical in shape; five petals and always white. In the flower detail image note that a single purplish flower is arising above the cluster, appearing as a dark spot. That is the male flower. Flowering occurs in the spring but the plant may also produce a few sparse flower umbels during the summer.
Fruit is an ovoid or oblong seed chamber.
When handled this species may give some people a dermatitis. The plant is considered a pest in many areas. It was the ancestor of the garden carrot, and its long, first-year taproot can be cooked and eaten. Queen Annes Lace has been reproduced from one embryonic cell in tissue culture, and has actually flowered; with the usual central male flower present.