23 July 2022
The flowers on Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota), or wild carrot, are so lacy and regular that they resemble snowflakes when viewed from above, especially in black-and-white.
Look closely and you’ll see that the tiny flowers inside the umbel have 5 regular parts. Step back to see the pattern of 5’s replicating to the edge.
Unlike winter’s 6-sided snowflakes (below) these summer “snowflakes” have only five.
p.s. See Vicki Dinsmore’s comment below about wild parsnip which is not the same thing!
(photos by Kate St. John and from Alexey Kljatov via Wikimedia Commons)