Kew Pollination Collection Ammi majus Seeds
Ammi majus, commonly known as Bishop's Weed or Bullwort, is reminiscent of cow parsley which softens the verges of country lanes in late spring. The plants produce a froth of delicate white blooms that bring a simple, elegant feel to summer borders. It's what gardeners call a 'filler'. Its graceful stems rise above apple-green, ferny foliage, lending themselves nicely to summer bouquets.
Ammi majus associates beautifully with tall grasses and summer perennials, mingling happily to soften planting schemes and create a hazy, romantic appearance. Its blooms are loved by pollinating insects, and the autumn seed heads attract finches to the garden.
- Sow from April to June in full sun or semi-shade
- Height: 140cm; spread: 50cm
- 1 packet contains approximately 100 seeds
- Makes a fantastic cut flower
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Direct sow Ammi majus seeds outdoors where they are to grow from April to June. Sow in full sun or semi-shade, on fertile, well-drained soil which has been raked to a fine tilth. Sow seeds thinly, at a depth of 1.5mm in drills spaced 30cm apart. Water the ground regularly, especially during dry periods. Germination usually takes 7-21 days. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, thin them out to 25cm apart.
Water regularly until plants become fully established. Ammi stems will require staking. Place twiggy sticks among the seedlings when they are 10cm high and allow the plants to grow through them for support.
Cut flowers early in the morning or late in the evening and plunge them straight into a bucket of cold water to keep them fresh and perky.
For more help and advice on growing plants from seed, read my handy guide.
A great many of our favourite garden plants can be harmful if eaten or handled without gloves. This is rarely a cause for concern but it's always good to know what you are dealing with.
Ammi majus may cause skin irritation and other allergic reactions. It can also be toxic to cats, dogs and horses.