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. The 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. Once the flowers start to die and the seeds to form, the umbrel curls up like half-cupped palm. Once the seedheads are dried, they become part of the familiar golden scene throughout the Andalucía summer. 5 to remember
el borde de la carretera – the roadside
suscitar – to attract
el encaje – the lace
elegante – elegant
la polinización – the pollination