There is a shrub that grows at least from North Carolina to mid-Florida. It
grows 4-5 feet tall. Has plumy white flowers and is in bloom now. I know
this is a very brief description but I have not had a chance to see it up
Someone in NC said it was Queen Anne's Lace but, although it may be a local
name for it, it is not what is commonly called Queen Anne's Lace. Queen
ferny leaves, smells like a carrot when the stem is broken and is definitely
not a shrub.
Can anyone tell me what this particular shrub is?
Is this a plant growing in the wild?, If so where: fields, meadow, mountains,
Describe "plumy" wide at the bottom with a narrow pointed tip?
Are you sure this is not a seed head rather than flowers?
Stems coming from ground with little branching or many branches?
some late blooming things that came to mind:
Heracleum (cow parsnip)
Melilotus (white sweet clover)
Try to get a closer look and it would help
in fields, along road sides. Where it's dry or damp.
Here in Florida there is a large field next to us with dozens of them so I
got a closer look. The flowers are white, five petals, with a yellow
center. They are about an inch wide. The flowers grow at the end of twigs
or branches and dozens of them are all bunched up which is why I said they
The flowers are bunched like the tiny flowers on lilacs but as a "plume" of
lilac comes to a point at the end, these are "plumes" of flowers are more
If I can get across the stream to where they are growing I will break off a
branch and take it to the Agriculture people here. Hopefully they will know
what it is.
I saw one growing in a garden a couple of streets away and will try to find
out if they know what they are.
They are very beautiful. On our way down it seemed that the further south
we came the lovelier they were.
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