The Queen Anne’s Lace Plant (also known as the common lily or common lilies) is a small evergreen plant with glossy green leaves and flowers in spring. They are native to Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia. They have been cultivated since ancient times. They were used for their medicinal properties until they became invasive species.
Queen Anne’s lace is one of the most popular houseplants because it grows well indoors and outdoors. It is hardy to zone 4.
Queen Anne’s lace plant care:
Queen Anne’s lace plants need bright light and regular watering. They do not like low humidity. Water thoroughly when needed but don’t let the soil dry out completely between waterings. Plants will tolerate some frost damage if protected from cold temperatures during winter months. They prefer full sun and will thrive in a sunny window position, but may suffer in partial shade.
Plant them in a location that gets morning sun throughout the day. Avoid direct sunlight after dusk. If your room temperature drops below 60 degrees Fahrenheit, move your plants to a cool area such as a basement or crawl space. Keep your queen anne’s lace plant away from drafts and draughts. Do not allow it to get too wet; keep moist only at night when watering is less frequent.
Never overwater your plants, which could cause root rot or death of the roots. Flower spikes will grow in summer through to autumn.
Flowering period is from June to August. The beautiful flowers last only one day. They possess a honey scent and yellow petals with a distinctive red stripe on each petal.
Queen’s lace seeds:
Seeds are large and oval shaped. They are long lasting if kept dry. You can collect the seeds when they turn brown and fall to the soil. The seeds need light to germinate. Sow them directly in the growing medium after all danger of frost has passed.
Add a 1/4 inch layer of sand or grit to prevent damping off and to ensure the soil retains moisture. Keep the soil moist but not soggy and protect from direct sunlight. Germination should occur within 2 weeks. Transplant the young seedlings when they are 2-4 inches high and have at least two sets of true leaves.
More information about the Queen’s Lace Plant:
The plant is also known as wild carrot (Daucus Carota), bird’s nest, bishop’s lace, fool’s parsley, snakeweed and fool’s nettle. It is a native of Europe but now widespread throughout North America. It grows in pastures and cultivated fields. The plant contains small amounts of pharmacologically active substances and is used as a medicinal herb.
The scientific name of the plant commemorates Queen Anne of Great Britain, who reigned from 1702 to 1714. It is not known why this plant is called queen anne’s lace – possibly because it has fine and delicate foliage resembling the holes in lace fabric.
The leaves and umbels of queen anne’s lace are sometimes eaten by people in salads. They have a mild flavor and are suitable for use as a salad green.
The dried herb is used to various purposes, including the treatment of digestive disorders. It has also been chewed as a mouth freshener and as a tobacco substitute.
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