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. Flower heads can reach 15cm (6″) across, and are lovely in flower arrangements. Read below to find out how to Grow Ammi from seed.

Latin
Ammi majus
Family: Apiaceae

Difficulty
Easy

Exposure: Full sun to light shade
Zone: 3-9

Timing
Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. That’s the first to third week in February on the south coast of BC. Transplants can go out 3-4 weeks after last frost. 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.

Starting
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).

Growing
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.

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