Scientists do not know why Queen Anne's Lace had one colored flower in the center, but many believe its purpose is to mimic an insect on the flower. This may entice other insects to stop to check out the flower, or may draw in predators like wasps. It is thought that it is nature's way of ensuring the flowers are pollinated. Ancient folklore says that eating the tiny colored flower cures epileptic seizures.
According to legend, Queen Anne, wife of King James I, was challenged by her friends to create lace as beautiful as a flower. While making the lace, she reportedly pricked her finger on the needle and a drop of blood fell upon the flower. The purple flower in the center of the Queen Anne's Lace represents the blood of the queen.