AMMI majus - False Queen Anne’s Lace
Ammi majus - False Queen Anne's Lace
 AMMI majus False Queen Anne’s Lace 
 am’mi ma’jus  Annual  Easy

Apiaceae; native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa.

Germination: Sow outdoors in spring, barely covering the seed. Or sow indoors, leaving seed  uncovered and maintain a temperature of 55-75° F. Germination takes 15-20 days; A. majusblooms 3 months from sowing.

Growth: In spring, space plants 1-2 feet apart in full sun and fertile soil. A. majus transplants easily  and thrives in a cool area with 60° F nights. Keep plants evenly moist and fertilize lightly. Deadhead to promote further blooming; staking is recommended. A. majus is an excellent cool season crop for the South; plant in fall or winter.

Appearance and Use: A. majus is grown in borders or naturalized areas, and often used by florists in arrangements. In early spring, the upright plants are covered by 5-inch white bloom clusters resembling snowflakes. The plants, 2-6 feet tall and 2 feet wide, display fern-like blue-green foliage. Cut the flowerheads when approximately 80 percent of the blooms are open; the flowers last 5-7 days in fresh arrangements. To dry the blooms, hang them upside-down for 2-3 weeks in a dark, dry place.

Related Species: A. visagna — Larger than A. majus, with bigger flowerheads and stronger stems. 6-inch blooms arrive 2-3 weeks later than A. majus. 3-4 feet tall.

 

Gardeners' Quotes

ON A SEED

This was the goal of the leaf and the root.
For this did the blossom burn its hour.
This little grain is the ultimate fruit.
This is the awesome vessel of power.

For this is the source of the root and the bud...
World unto world unto world remolded.
This is the seed, compact of God,
Wherein all mystery is enfolded.
Georgie Starbuck Galbraith, The New York Times, 1960