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.


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