Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Bishop's Flower

Botanical Name: Ammi majus (Apiaceae)
Other name: False Queen Anne's Lace, White Lace, White Dill, Bullwort

An erect, branching annual easily established from seed. Native to North Africa and Eurasia, it has naturalized throughout much of the United States. The plant produces an abundance of large, rounded, five to six inch flower heads made up of small snow-white florets. Looks very similar to Queen Anne's lace and will produce blooms the first year.

How to grow
Bishops Flowers prefer full sun but will tolerate some light shade. Ordinary garden soil that is kept evenly moist will do just fine. Requires a minimal amount of moisture once established. Deadhead or remove spent flowers to prolong blooming period. Plant 4 to 6 weeks before the average last frost date. Ammi can be grown as a pot or accent plant and is much sought after as a cut flower.

Height: 2 1/2-3 feet
Germination: 7-25 days
Optimum soil temperature for germination: 55F-65F
Sowing depth: 1/16"
Blooming period: May-August

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