Saturday, August 20

Queen Anne's Lace

Queen Anne of Denmark (1574 - 1619).
 Anne of Denmark (1574-1619)
Contrary to popular belief, Queen Anne's Lace flowers were not named after Anne, Queen regnant of England.They apparently honor Anne, of Denmark, patron of the arts and  Queen Consort, wife of James I.
One story attributes the single maroon floweret in the center of Queen Anne's lace to the fact that Anne pricked her finger while creating the fancy lace and that is the resulting drop of blood staining the pure white of the lace. For reasons unknown to botanists this is the one "flower" in the umbel that does not form seed, it may have something to do with attracting pollinators.

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