Queen Anne's Lace

PurplemartinAugust 17, 2001

Queen Anne's Lace can be colored by putting the freshly cut stems into water colored with food coloring (make it strong). The flower will soak up the color. I don't know about drying them like this...don't know if they would hold the color or not, but they are beautiful in fresh arrangements.

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greendale63(WI SEz5)

I've colored queen anne's lace flowers for my grandkids. I found that if you wait too long, they will curl up and form a ball. You could press them while fresh and they would retain the color.

Try this: put them in one color, for instance, red, so that they turn pink. Then put them into blue, or green and watch what happens. Mine turned into beautiful two color flower heads. Experiment with the different colors. The kids were amazed!!

    Bookmark   August 26, 2001 at 9:50PM
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loveplants(z5 canada)

How do you grow Queens Anne's Lace...have seeds

    Bookmark   April 18, 2002 at 1:07AM
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Loveplants, they are wild flowers here. I don't know if anyone plants them.

    Bookmark   April 28, 2002 at 6:35PM
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Posie(z3 MN)

I plant them as I love to use them in flower arrangements.They do grow wild here but you always need to go look for them. Seed is available from different catalogs. I do believe they are biennal and look like a carrot plant when they are growing. Have fun!

    Bookmark   April 28, 2002 at 10:19PM
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just read your posts about queen anne's lace. very interesting! can hardly wait to try coloring them! I just love this flower. I can never plant enough of it or find enough seeds. have a nice day!

    Bookmark   May 1, 2002 at 3:10AM
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Posie, there is a reason they look like carrots, they are carrots lol. QA is a wild carrot. If you pull up the whole plant you will see a tiny carrot as the root, they are edible but not very paletable.

    Bookmark   May 25, 2002 at 3:00AM
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I press the Queen Anne's Lace, and then spray some of them with floral paint. This makes them nice to break up and fill in with floral cards, etc.

I also tried spraying them before pressing and it worked fine.


    Bookmark   September 2, 2002 at 11:58PM
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weedlady(Central OH 6)

I have dried the flowers both by pressing and in silica gel. They are very fragile, whichever way one uses, but soooo lovely! I had dried some really tiny QAL flowers and used them on a tabletop Christmas tree. They looked like snowflakes! CK

    Bookmark   September 8, 2002 at 10:10AM
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Dill_Pickle(z4 NW IA)

If anyone wants seed I can send you some. Email me and we'll get together about it.

    Bookmark   December 20, 2002 at 1:52PM
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LindaDeNeve(z5 IN)

There is a giant variety of this, and I have yet to find the seeds for it. I saw it at a private perennial farm and the lady wouldn't share seed or a start. It was up to my chin and I am 5'6". One place where it grows wild here (Indiana) it grows way over my head and the flower heads are a good 7-8 inches across. That field was low but dry and had a high clay content. Unfortunately, before I could dug some up, someone planted a condo on top of it.

    Bookmark   December 29, 2002 at 11:27AM
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weedlady(Central OH 6)

QAL seed is available from suppliers of wildflowers. Try CyndiÂs Catalog of Catalogs website for a list. There is, however, a cultivated annual flower that is nearly identical to Queen AnneÂs lace that I have seen sold by florists. Often it is also called QAL, but is less confusingly referred to as bishopÂs flower. It's often referred to as bishop's weed, too, but that also is the common name of the horrible invasive groundcover aegepodium, or goutweed. This would be a good choice for gardeners who may be concerned about QALÂs propensity to quickly escape and naturalize as a problematic weed. It is available from a good number of seed catalogs. Definitely wants full sun, and best sown right where you want it to grow as it does not like to be transplanted, though I have done so with some success.
GardenwebÂs Hortiplex database gives info about it. (Follow the links given there.) See: http://hortiplex.gardenweb.com/plants/p1/gw1001611.html
Also, the link I am supplying below gives a good bit of info about the plant.
(BTW, this is a great plant for flower pounding, both flowers and foliage are lovely.)CK

Here is a link that might be useful: Description of Ammi majus

    Bookmark   December 30, 2002 at 1:15PM
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SunflowerBren(Texas Zone 8)

Here in Texas it grows on the side of the road as it is a Wildflower. I have it also growing in my garden, it makes wonderful flower arrangements. I have never put it in colored water before but I am going to try it out. Thanks, Bren

Here is a link that might be useful: my garden webpage

    Bookmark   April 23, 2003 at 11:15AM
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butterflydiva(z9 CA,USA)

sounds really fun! i'd like to try growing it now, just for that purpose LOL
Keiko your work is awesome!! i especially love the sunflower arrangement, it's stunning! what is the black grass used in that picture?

    Bookmark   May 21, 2003 at 11:17AM
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daisiensam(z4 ont)

weedlady, exactly what is flower pounding. I dug up a clump of wild queen annes lace and it has travelled through my yard and into two of my neighbours. very invasive. I have never heard of flower pounding so could you please clue me in. thanks

    Bookmark   May 29, 2003 at 9:27AM
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Yup, what is flower pounding?

I wonder if you could use other colors for AQ Lace - eg, inks, art paints, ... (I don't use food coloring for food, so I dont have any handy).

Another question : If you PRESS QA Lace, won't the stalk get flattened out and stay right next to the flower (instead of being at a right angle to it)? So once you press it, how would it work to use it in dried flower arrangements? Or does anyone have a picture of how pressed QALace looks in an arrangement?

    Bookmark   June 14, 2003 at 4:58PM
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rainbowraven(z5, NE)

I just told my Mom about dying the Queen Annes Lace and she was so amazed by it :) pretty neat stuff when I can put a "one up" in gardening to my Mom!!

    Bookmark   June 14, 2003 at 10:17PM
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Daisiensam, I did a google search on "What is flower pounding" and found quite a bit of information. I preferred the link below, as they give you the basic version without trying to sell you soem "specially treated fabric" (apparantly no special treatment is necessary). Sounds interesting, I'd like to try it out

Here is a link that might be useful: Flower pounding

    Bookmark   June 20, 2003 at 1:47PM
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My method for drying Queen Anne's lace: Cut flowers with several inches of stem intact when they are in full bloom.
Cover bottom of a leak proof vessel with about an inch of Borax powder (found at market as a laundry product). Place a paper towel over the borax. Place flower, facing downward on paper towel. Bring up corners of paper towel around the flower. Apply more borax over the paper towel covered flower until the stem is supported. Repeat procedure all around edge of vessel with as many flowers as vessel will accomodate. Leave alone in a warm dry area until stems have thoroughly dried. Carefully lift dried flowers out of the borax. Brush off any borax clinging to the flower. Flowers may be lightly sprayed with cheap hair spray. These are beautiful in dried arrangements. This procedure may be used for delicate flowers which have a flat structure. Rose of Sharon dried with this method has appearance and texture of tissue paper. Echinacia will shrink in size and become darker in color. Zinnias will retain form and become darker in color.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2003 at 9:56PM
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franik(SE Ga)

I neeed more info about how to dye Queen Anne's Lace for my grandkids. Also I know a lady who has Queen Anne's Lace Seed (With really giant flower-head variety)to sell or trade at http://pages.prodigy.net/nellrose/walindex.htm
Her trade list is on the last page of the above URL.

Here is a link that might be useful: Seeds For Thee

    Bookmark   January 13, 2004 at 11:31AM
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gourdy1(5 NY)

When I was in 6th grade I wrote a poem about Queen Anne's Lace as it was my favorite flower.

Once I took a walk in the meadow green,
In the high unmowed grass I saw a Queen.
This Queen had such a pretty face
From top to bottom she was covered in lace
She was all frilly from top to toe
Swaying in the breeze
Going to and fro,
Such a pretty flower
In a tall vase
This flowers name
Was Queens Lace.

    Bookmark   January 17, 2004 at 12:12PM
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Have noticed plenty of Queen Anne's Lace seedlings coming up in my Fall seed flats. Daucus carota. May become invasive if you are not careful. True wildflower that will self sow. Nice in bouquets. If anyne wants any, send post paid packing. I believe they should ship very well. Will send back on a Monday With best wishes, Alda Stich 369 North Ridge Montville, Freedom, Maine 04941

    Bookmark   January 21, 2004 at 11:41AM
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My 6 (almost 7) year old granddaugther, Jordan, and I picked QAL this week and dyed it in food-coloring water. It took almost 24 hours for it to change, but we made her mother a bouquet, and it is very beautiful. I remember doing this as a Bible School craft years ago, and the children were always amazed. It is quite prolific growing wild in Piedmont NC at this time. Grandmommy Ann

    Bookmark   July 7, 2011 at 11:13PM
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I've never done this, but I remember my aunt used to go out & spray her queen anne's lace with whatever color of spray paint she had at hand. then when the flowers dried from the paint she would bring them in & make dried wildflower bouquets out of them. she usually used driftwood pieces to glue them to. I remember that they were the prettiest things I had ever seen. I haven't seen these in years as she passed away 20 years ago). never heard of using food coloring, though. I might try that next year, with the queen anne's lace that I can't seem to get rid of in my yard.

    Bookmark   November 22, 2011 at 1:02AM
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