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Daucus carota

 
Daucus carota
Common name Queen Anne's lace
Family apiaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers white (summer)
Size 4'
Light sun
From seed self-seeds

As weeds go, this is a pretty one. As a matter of fact, we introduced the first ones to colonize our garden ourselves, from seed collected from an interesting variety. But we soon realized that keeping our garden free of its seedlings (with long taproots, difficult to remove) was incompatible with allowing it to flower - so eventually we decided to remove them all. We still find new plants in that garden area regularly, but it's actually more prevalent in our lawn now, as the photo shows. Not sure if that's just the wild form, or still offspring from our introduction.
This is a close relative of the carrot - anytime I weed one out, I can't resist sniffing the root, with its fresh carrot smell.

This is a weed in our garden

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