Queen Anne's Lace. 7/26/14 (Wolf. Oesterreich)
Although considered a secondary noxious weed in Iowa, the Queen Anne's Lace (Daucus carota) is still enjoyed by many people. The flower can be found throughout the Park. This plant is a member of the celery, parsley, and carrot family (Apiaceae, formally Umbelliferae). The inflorescence is actually a compound umbel, terminating in small white flowers. As the inflorescence ages the umbels curve into a ball (right photo) which can be described as a "bird's nest".