Ammi majus is also known as Bishops Flower or Queen Anne’s Lace, Queen of Africa.
It begins blooming just as wild Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) finishes, Ammi majus has the same lacy, white flowers, but is bigger and bolder!
Many people miss out on this amazing plant by sowing and growing it at the wrong time. My Autumn sown plants tower at almost 7ft. Perfect at the back of a border or planted en-masse, there is no quicker way to fill a garden.
One of the best cut flowers for early summer, giving an abundance of stems (as must for weddings and florists).
How to grow:
Easy to grow, start seeds in early Autumn for best results. This will allow plants time to grow before the Summer heat pushes them into bloom. Provide support, Spring Showers can make flower heads heavy.
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Variety: Ammi majus
Type: Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun in free draining soil.
Sow: Autumn for best results
Germination: Up to 30 days
Harvest: June -July
Cutting /Vase Life:
Cut when almost all of the flowers on a stem are open. If harvested too early the young sappy stems have a tendency to wilt. You can feel them thicken and become more rigid as stems mature. Place flowers straight into ready buckets of water. We rest our stems for a few hours in water, this is called conditioning.
The milky sap of this plant may cause skin irritation, I have never had a problem, but I’d recommend you wear gloves to be on the safe side. Keep away from pets and livestock.