Ammi majus. This open pollinated variety is the natural species version of False Queen Anne's Lace. It looks good in almost any setting, adding a touch of naturalistic beauty. The stiff, upright stems bear giant, 15cm (6") wide umbels of tiny white flowers, and these act as a magnet for beneficial insects. Not only do the flowers attract and feed pollinators, but they also attract a host of predatory insects that will scour the garden looking for pests to eat. Lacewings, ladybirds, hover flies, and parasitoid wasps all take up residence where Bishop's Flower is planted, and they do a terrific job of minimizing damage from aphids and caterpillars. It's useful as a cut flower.
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.
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.