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Ammi majus (photo courtesy of David Cavagnaro)
Ammi majus (photo courtesy of David Cavagnaro)

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Zones A1-A3, 1-24, H1, H2
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Full, Partial
Regular Water
Sap may cause a rash

Ammi majus

Bishop’s Lace
Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)
Annuals, Flowers

Native to southern Europe, Turkey, and North Africa. A well-behaved relative of the roadside weed Queen Anne’s Lace (Daucus carota). Slender, branched stems grow quickly to 1–3 ft. tall, 1 ft. wide, with ferny light green leaves 6–8 in. long. In summer, each stem tip produces a 4–6-in.-wide, dome-shaped cluster of tiny white flowers. The lacy, delicate blooms are long lasting in vases; pair them with other wild-looking blossoms, such as deep blue larkspur and orange California poppies. They’re also pretty in dried bouquets (hang upside down in a cool, dark place for 2 or 3 weeks to dry). Beautiful in meadow plantings; may self-sow, but not rampantly. In garden beds, plant them for a lacy effect among stout plants such as Canna ‘Tropicanna Black’ and delphiniums.

Wash hands with soap and water after handling plants, as the sap can cause a rash. Plants are injurious to animals.

Tolerates many soils, but does best with moist, fertile, well-drained soil. Sow seeds in a sunny or lightly shaded spot. Cut blooms in the morning, when most are open.

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