Queen Anne's Lace Growing Guide

Daucus carota

Queen Anne

Crop Rotation Group

Umbelliferae (Carrot and root family) 


Any reasonably moist site.


Full sun to part shade.

Frost tolerant

Yes. Queen Anne’s lace seedlings that sprout in autumn stand through winter as small rosettes.


None needed.


Single Plants: 40cm (1' 3") each way (minimum)
Rows: 40cm (1' 3") with 40cm (1' 3") row gap (minimum)

Sow and Plant

To grow Queen Anne’s lace as a biennial, sow seeds where you want the plants to grow in early autumn, while the soil is still warm. To grow Queen Anne’s lace as an annual, sow seeds where you want the plants to grow in mid spring. In wildflower meadows, Queen Anne’s lace blooms at the same time as black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia).
Our Garden Planner can produce a personalised calendar of when to sow, plant and harvest for your area.


Queen Anne’s lace is not the same plant as Ammi majus, bishop’s weed, which is a more refined plant more deserving of space in the garden. Although somewhat weedy, Queen Anne’s lace has been found to support numerous small beneficial insects.


Cut stems for use as cut flowers as soon as the clusters open. They shed abundant pollen. In meadow situations, allow plants to stand in until they shed seeds to increase populations. Clip out flowers if you want to limit reseeding.


Plants somewhat resemble poison hemlock, which is a much larger plant that blooms earlier in the season. Some people develop mild dermatitis from contact with Queen Anne’s lace foliage.

Planting and Harvesting Calendar

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