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Ammi Majus

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This has to be one of the most useful and beautiful cut flowers ever!

Dreamy domes of elegant white petals bring a relaxed meadow vibe to any display. A cloud of delicate, lacy umbellifers... great mixed with almost any other flower. Add these to a vase, and immediately you get a country cottage feel and can breathe easily again.

Ammi is a hardy annual and can be sown either in late August or early September or in April or May once the soil has warmed up a bit.

An autumn sowing will give you much larger, taller plants (they can grow up to 1.2m) than those sown in spring, but really, this is such a versatile flower that I do both and extend my flower season.

Ammi has a long taproot that can be easily damaged when transplanting from pot to garden, so many people will advise you to only sow directly where they are to grow.

I have to say I haven’t ever found transplanting them a problem although I do take great care….so yet again I hedge my bets and sow directly both in autumn and spring, I sow some in trays to overwinter in the polytunnel.

Rake the soil to a fine tilth and moisten the soil before you sow and only cover the seeds very lightly. These seeds are incredibly tiny and can wash away easily if you blast them with water after sowing.

Keep moist, they will not be happy if you let them dry out. They like full sun and well-drained soil.

I would advise growing through netting for support.

Grow these…that’s all you need to know!

Seed Quantity 500 Seeds

Type Hardy Annual/Biennial

Genus Ammi

Sow Seeds in Late Aug/early Sept or April/May, Sow directly where they are to grow or overwinter in seed trays.  Cover the seeds lightly.  Keep moist, do not allow it to dry out.

Plant Out After the last frosts, likes full sun and grow through netting for support.

Flowers June-September

Height and Spread up to 1.2m high x 60cm spread


Ammi Majus

RHS Award of Garden Merit.

This plant/cultivar has been awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit because it has proved to be reliable in appropriate conditions and a good performing plant. For more information on the RHS Award of Garden Merit plants visit www.rhs.org.uk/plants


    Ammi Majus blossoms among white and purple flowers in a garden
    Ammi Majus showcasing its white blossoms and lush foliage
    Field covered with the white blooms of Ammi Majus plants
    Ammi Majus flowers in a diverse floral garden setting
    Close-up view of Ammi Majus with delicate white blooms
    Single Ammi Majus flower emerging amidst verdant greenery
    Ammi Majus plant awarded the RHS Garden Merit
    Lush Ammi Majus plant adorned with numerous white flowers
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