White lace

The roadsides are dominated at the moment by the white lacy flowers of Wild Carrot, a name that seriously underplays the beauty of the flower. Tall and elegant, waving in the lazy summer breeze, they are similar to Cow Parsley in the UK as both belong to the carrot family. white lace and yellow spikes 1-7-14white lace shadow 1-7-14white lace flower1 1-7-14white lace seedhead2 1-7-14The Wild Carrot umbrel can be up to 10cm across, each individual white or cream flower measures 3mm.

The black flower at the centre of the umbrel helps pollination: flies visit the black flower, followed by other flies, with the dark flowers acting as a fly-attractor. white lace flower2 1-7-14Once the flowers start to die and the seeds to form, the umbrel curls up like half-cupped palm. white lace transition from flower to seeds 1-7-14white lace purple seedhead 1-7-14white lace seedhead1 1-7-14white lace seedhead4 1-7-14Once the seedheads are dried, they become part of the familiar golden scene throughout the Andalucía summer. white lace seedhead3 against blue sky 1-7-14white lace at edge of wheat field 1-7-145 to remember
el borde de la carretera – the roadside
suscitar – to attract
el encaje – the lace
elegante – elegant
la polinización – the pollination

6 thoughts on “White lace

  1. Sharon Bonin-Pratt

    You must have spent a great deal of time collecting all the photos to show the whole story of this flower. Such patience you have. And I wonder who else has your artist’s eye to see beauty where others might see opportunistic invaders.
    I think this is Queen Anne’s Lace here in the U.S. I used to love walking in my grandparents’ backyard near the railroad tracks, collecting these flowers. My bubbie insisted they were weeds but I saw them an an entire bouquet on a stem.

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  2. Lottie Nevin

    I’m besotted with these flowers – when we arrived at the end of last October, I collected bundles of the dried heads and kept them in jars. Now they are in full bloom and I’ve been doing a series of drawings of them (open and closed heads) – they also grace the bedside table of any guest that comes to stay. I’d wondered what the little black middle was – thanks for being such a mine of information!

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