Monday, March 28, 2016

"Fit For A Queen"

Daucus carota is native to temperate regions of Europe and southwest Asia and naturalized to North America and Australia where it is often known as "Queen Anne's Lace".  Both Anne, Queen of Great Britain, and her great grandmother Anne of Denmark are taken to be the Queen Anne for which the plant is named.  It is so called because the flower resembles lace.  The red flower in the center is thought to represent a blood droplet where Queen Anne pricked herself with a needle when she was making the lace.  And, did you know, domesticated carrots are cultivars of a subspecies, Daucus carota subsp. sativus.?  Some think of Queen Anne's Lace as a noxious weed and consider it a serious pest, but I see it as a delicate flower worthy of a queen's name.  I guess, as the old saying goes, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder"! 

Some Interesting Facts: 

  • D. carota is also known as wild carrot, bird's nest, bishop's lace. 
  • Like the cultivated carrot the D. carota root is edible while young, but it quickly becomes too woody to consume.
  • Extra caution should be used when collecting D. carota because it bears a close resemblance to poison hemlock.  In addition, the leaves of the wild carrot can cause phytophotodermatitis, also known as "Lime Disease" (not to be confused with Lyme Disease). It causes a chemical reaction which makes skin hypersensitive to ultraviolet light.  So caution should also be used when handling the plant.
  • Queen Anne's Lace has been used as a method of contraception and an abortifacient for centuries.
  • If used as a dyestuff, the flowers give a creamy, off-white color.
  • Queen Anne's Lace can be used as a companion plant to crops. It attracts wasps to its small flowers in its native land; however, where it has been introduced, it attracts only very few of such wasps. This species is also documented to boost tomato plant production when kept nearby, and it can provide a microclimate of cooler, moister air for lettuce, when intercropped with it
  • D. carota, when freshly cut, will draw or change color depending on the color of the water in which it is held. This effect is only visible on the "head" or flower of the plant. Carnations also exhibit this effect. This occurrence is a popular science demonstration in primary grade school.
These were previously posted at Affitity Sims as a non-seasonal plant but since that time I've made them Seasons Compatible.  They will replace the original non-seasons version since they share the same GUID, however I've given them a different name to differentiate between the two versions.  If you have the non-seasons version from Affinity Sims and you want to use this seasons version, you must remove the non-seasons version from your game.  They CANNOT be used together. 

The Queen Anne's Lace is Seasons compatible and will change with the seasons.  The seasonal changes only work if the Seasons EP is installed. It can also be used without Seasons, but only the summer state will appear.

3794 Faces
Appears in the catalog under Gardening/Flowers for 5 simoleons.
Will not block the Sim's path.
Does not require watering or weeding.

Mesh by me created in Milkshape.  Textures by me created in PSP.

Ray :) 


  1. This has been one of my favorite cc plants forever and I'm overjoyed to see that it's now also Seasons-compatible! Snatching it for my game now, thank you very much for sharing!

  2. Another beautiful seasonal plant for my Sims homes. Thank you for sharing all of them.

  3. I saw this in one of your previous pictures and have been looking forward to it ever since. Thanks you so much!

  4. So delicate and beautiful-thank you!!

  5. This is beautiful. Thank you for your work, it's appreciated.

  6. Thanks everybody, glad you like the Queen Anne's Lace. It's one of my favorites too.

  7. So charming. It is going into my game *immediately*! Thank you!