False Queen Anne’s Lace or Bishop’s Weed are common names for this attractive, naturalistic looking annual flower. Ammi grows stiffly upright stems topped by umbelliferous flowers that are attractive to pollinators and predatory insects. The flower heads can reach 15cm (6″) across, and are lovely in flower arrangements. Continue reading below to find out how to grow Ammi from seed.

Ammi majus
Family: Apiaceae


Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Transplants can go out 3-4 weeks after last frost, or once the daytime temperatures are steadily above 10°C (50°F). Or direct sow outdoors in early spring when the soil is still cool and a light frost is still a possibility. Ammi can also be direct sown in late autumn. Seeds should germinate in 7-25 days.

Just cover the small seeds. If starting indoors, wrap planted seedling trays or pots in plastic and place in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks. Then grow in a bright, cool place at 12°-18°C (55°-65°F).

Thin or transplant seedlings to 30cm (12″) apart in richly fertile soil. Ammi prefers cool, moist soil. Water regularly until plants are established, and then only during hot, dry weather.