Abstract Lace Pattern

Queen Anne's Lace flowers
Abstract Lace Pattern

More Queen Anne’s Lace. I have more photos of it than I know what to do with, but the pattern of tiny flowers in wheels and clusters that creates the umbels has always fascinated me with its intricacy. Taken to an abstract it does look like a lacy pattern. Below is a modified, filtered version of the same photo, reminding me of a set of draperies printed in that particular three- or four-color flower style from the late 1950s.

Queen Anne's Lace flowers
Abstract Lace Pattern, as a pattern.


  1. I love Queen Anne’s Lace, which grows wild all around here EXCEPT in my own garden! I keep asking my husband to pull over to the side of the road so I can jump out and dig some up. LOL Hopefully I will purchase the seeds to plant next year. Your pictures are so stunning, and I agree with the draperies reference. 🙂

    1. Laura, I’ve made up so many patterns from photos, and I fully intend someday to make a Queen Anne’s lace stamp! And I would swear I can picture those draperies.

      It will grow in the wild areas of my yard, only on its own in places where I have let the grass and goldenrod grow. Remember that it is called the wild carrot though it is related to parsley, and is therefore a biennial, growing one year and producing a good long root, then blooming the second year. Keep watch on some plants where they bloom and gather a seed head when they are ready, sprinkle them where you want them. They need a lot of sun to grow.

      It is a native of England and is considered an invasive plant in this country. Do you know it’s called Queen Anne’s Lace for Queen Anne of England, who was known for her intricate and fine lace? You will always see one purple floweret in the center; it is said that she pricked her finger with a needle and her lace was stained by a drop of her blood. You will also see a large dark seed in the center of some flowers. This seed is sterile, perhaps some vestigial plant part, but it is also one of the original “Plan B” methods for birth control–it may cause a miscarriage in the first trimester if it’s thoroughly chewed and held under the tongue.

      Well, that’s probably more than you wanted to know about QAL!

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