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Ammi majus (Bishop's flower) has lacy, white flowers, like a more delicate form of cow parsley. This one is one of our long-standing best sellers.

Ammi majus is the best white filler foliage plant you can grow and spectacular arranged in a great cloud on its own. It forms larger, more prolific plants from an autumn sowing.

Please note: This may cause skin irritation in some cases so we recommend you wear gloves.

Genus Ammi
Group/Species majus
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Bishop's Flower, Bishop's weed
Border Position Middle
Soil Type Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Well-drained
Height 1.2m (3ft 11in)
Spacing Spread 50cm (20in), thin to 30cm (12in) or 45cm (18in) if autumn sown
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow in mid spring or late summer (for a larger, more prolific plant) under cover or direct into the garden.
Care Tips It needs plenty of water. For best results sow plants direct in autumn. It overwinters well for flowers by late spring. May need staking.
Flowering June - August, 12 weeks from spring sowing.
Vase Life 7-10 days. Strip all the bottom leaves and some higher ones otherwise they will yellow before the flowers age. Cut stems to 30cm to cover an oasis globe hung from the ceiling. Cut short with sweet peas, nigella and poppies or use full length by itself in a stained glass vase.
Harvesting Flower production: 2 months.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Ammi majus reviews

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Reviewed 26th November 2018 by Kate

These were hopeless and didn't amount to anything. Shame but I will be looking to grow some again next year, probably from seed.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your mail. We are very sorry to hear that your Ammi Majus seedlings failed and have refunded you for them."

Posted 27th November 2018

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Reviewed 25th November 2018 by Pamela

couldnt plant them immediately and unfortunatley they had started to rot

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Reviewed 24th November 2018 by Betty

they were exactly like they appeared in the catalogue

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Reviewed 22nd November 2018 by Kate

These were hopeless and didn't amount to anything. Shame but I will be looking to grow some again next year, probably from seed.

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Reviewed 22nd November 2018 by Caroline

None of these matured in the way I expected and they were very delicate seedlings in the first place

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Jacqueline

The plants arrived in lovely condition and were bigger than I thought they would be. We had lovely flowers all throughout the summer and one plant is still flowering (November 2018). Will certainly buy more next year.

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Fiona

Seedlings rather small and not very well rooted

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Kate

They weren't in great shape when the arrived. Needed alot of water to try and pearl them. I transplanted as suggested but half died the rest didn't grown in size and had a very small head of seeds

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Jennifer

†hey were a bit spindly when started to grow

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Sally

I have ordered many products from Sarah Raven and am always very happy with the quality of the plants.

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Reviewed 16th November 2018 by Carol

The seedlings arrived in excellent condition and I have enjoyed them in my garden this summer!

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Reviewed 15th November 2018 by Irene

The plants arrived on time, well packaged, lovely and fresh. They went on to do well and in fact the Nicotiana Sylvestris (though late to flower because of the hot dry summer) are still flowering yet.

Overall I was been very pleased with the whole order and would recommend.

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Reviewed 15th November 2018 by Deborah

The plants arrived in excellent condition and well packaged, they flowered for months and gave a fabulous display I will definitely be ordering a lot more of this plant for next year everyone commented how beautiful they were.

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Glenny

all good! Shall repeat next year!

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Melanie

brilliant quality bulbs delivered quickly.

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Jane

Never really got going - could have the heat of course.

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Pat

You said they could be planted in some shade but mine weren't v vigorous and I thou.ght they probably needed more light

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Jenny

Excellent. I love this plant.

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Susan

They are very attractive, however, I find when I cut them, they drop quite a lot of their tiny flowers. Perhaps I am not conditioning them properly!

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Ruth

Decent sized seedlings in first class condition. Well packaged and speedy delivery accompanied by easy to understand growing instructions. These babies grew into big plants that have given us pleasure all summer and the cosmos are still in full bloom today (7th November)!

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by Lana

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Reviewed 5th October 2018 by Hazel

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Reviewed 4th October 2018 by Josephine

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Reviewed 4th October 2018 by Judy

Unfortunately the plugs did not flourish & only one survived to plant in the garden and even that is looking a bit sick!

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Ammi Majus Seedlings and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Tina

I followed all the planting instructions and they just died.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your seedlings and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 3rd October 2018 by Tracey

All 5 seedlings grew well but didn't perform as I expected once in the ground. They only grew to around 35cm but perhaps this was because of the extremely hot summer. I left them to self seed so hopefully they will return again next year.

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Reviewed 24th September 2018 by Mrs Burden-Teh

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Reviewed 23rd September 2018 by Pauline

Very nice strong plants, other plants in my order were I consider very poor. I know it was a difficult season but they arrived in poor condition and although I gave them lots of care they really did'nt come up to expectation. Therefore I do not think I will be ordering from Sarah Raven again!

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Reviewed 23rd September 2018 by Sally

The Ammi Majus really added a beautiful new dimension to my border. I opened my little garden for charity this year and it was one of the plants that people admired and wanted to know about. Hoping it's self seeded everywhere!

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Jane

Sadly, black bugs took hold and ate the flowers

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Julie

GOOD QUALITY VERY GOOD PACKAGING

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Elaine

Flourished in the early part of the summer. Succumbed to aphids as the dry summer and on.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Susie

Vigorous plants that lasted well.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Christine

Good quality seedlings which did well in a semi shady spot.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by David

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Samantha

Well packed and strong seedlings grew away nicely, creating a good display considering the summer we had.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Maureen

i was disappointed with the seeds for the cosmos and contacted you - you very kindly replaced these but i have left them for next year as it was too late to sow them.
I have been very happy with the cosmos plugs - particularly the dark ones. Unfortunately the white have grown so large that they haven't flowered yet so i don't expect to get much out of them now. The winds we are currently experiencing have been drastic for them as well - although I have been out and staked them, I have lost quite a few plants. They were just too healthy and large!! Nice problem to have!
All in all, I have been happy with the plants.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Sarah

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Valerie

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Helen

These grew well and flowered, I used the flowers for flower arranging and hopefully they will have sewlf seeded as well.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Pauline

Sadly these didn’t prove to be successful in my garden. It may well have been the hot and dry summer that we’ve had which contributed to their early demise. The plants were healthy enough on arrival.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Helen

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Reviewed 18th September 2018 by Heather

I complained about the first 5 seedlings I received as they were so weedy and poor looking. I was refunded cost and sent another 5 seedlings. Although they looked slightly better plants thet did not perform well and flowers were very poor and short lived. I love Amni Majus and last year they were gorgeous but not this year.

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Reviewed 17th September 2018 by Alison

Very pretty in the garden but they didn't grow up enough for picking which was what I bought them for. I thought they would be taller and sturdier.

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Reviewed 14th September 2018 by Lady Sidmouth

Needed staking. Bloomed fairly well before falling over

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Reviewed 13th September 2018 by Beryl

Very floriferous and excellent in both vase and borders.

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Reviewed 13th September 2018 by Helen

Healthy seedlings arrived well packaged. Nice big flower heads, will need staking if not grown in amongst other tall plants. Pretty in cottage garden planting scheme.

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Caroline

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Sara

Everything I have bought from sarah raven has been amazing. Her plants are expensive but her collections are brilliantly put together and a joy! To behold! Thanks to sarah, my garden has been flowering since March and is still in full bloom! Not sure how I include a photo but would if I knew how!

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Mrs Henton

Excellent service and very helpful people on the telephone.

My tulip bulbs gave a magnificent show. In fact people were walking past my garden and stood gazing ,I think in ore ?
All plants were also beautiful and gave a show stopping display.

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Cathy

All seedlings grew well & flowered in the border, making a welcome addition.

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Hannah

Excellent quality & value

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Jane

Everything was packed beautifully and arrived in good condition. Unfortunately only 1 of the seedlings grew into a lovely plant. I’m not sure if it was because of the hot summer but I did keep them all well watered when I planted them.

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Patricia

The pants died very quickly

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Ammi majus seedlings and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by David

They are all part of a raised bed planting used as a temporary hedge
in a courtyard Garden. The other six beds have vegetables of various
sorts in more raised beds. The Ammi majus are sown at the back of the Cosmo that was part of my order and has grown to nearly 2 metres high with copious blooms. The all white selection was fine until a profusion of pink flowers appeared. Perhaps you could throw light on that?

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Reviewed 6th September 2018 by Helene

The plants grew well but there were problems with the delivery (not according to instructions given by telephone on placing the order).

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Reviewed 5th September 2018 by Mrs Mount-Ford

Lovely display. Thank you. Service friendly, knowledgeable and efficient.

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Mrs Watts

Took awhile to get established

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Sylvia

Everything I ordered has done really well

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Penny

Really poor this year. Last year they were great but this year they seemed weak and gave a poor performance

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Ammi Majus this summer and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by Gillian

Healthy plants on arrival and been magnificent in my patio pots. Will order same again next year.

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by Mrs Wall

They did not thrive as expected not did they grow to the height i wanted they were weedy

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Phillipa

They grew fast as seedlings in fact were really getting quite large so had to take a risk and plant outside before the recommended date. Grew well but think chosen site should have been in more sun but they did of course need regular watering due to v dry summer

Wonderful plants

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Reviewed 6th July 2018 by Sus Ross

These are flowering their heads off in my garden. From good size plugs to 3/4ft high. I will be buying these every year. Great for cutting too. I put them in a vase on there own and they look stunning! A real talking point!

Stunningly beautiful!

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Reviewed 11th June 2018 by Susan Ross

Stunning!! Bought 5 large plugs. They were a brilliant size and super quality. They are now nearly 3ft tall and flowering their beautiful heads off. Will always have these in my summer garden.

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Reviewed 13th August 2017 by Irene Spencer-Woods

Love this and want it always. I had the super plugs and planted them in a drift; they gave a lovely show. Next time I will plant them amongst other plants for support. Hoping they will self-seed and so I will shake the seeds in good soil when the time is right. I don't have a greenhouse so needs must.

Super plugs

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Reviewed 25th May 2017 by Lynn Holland

I received my super plugs today and am so pleased. They are ready to plant out and are so healthy. Far better than plugs I have purchased from other suppliers in the past.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your feedback.

We are so pleased that you are happy with your super plugs and that they arrived in the strong, healthy condition we would expect.

Happy gardening!
The Sarah Raven Team"

Posted 12th July 2017

My number one recommended plant.

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Reviewed 25th January 2017 by Sharon Braham

If I were only allowed to grow one thing in the summer this would be it (cosmos and sweet peas would be close second equals). It does everything! It looks great on its own in a vase and complements virtually every colour and type of flower and foliage plant I can think of.
It is reasonably easy to grow and while it can be pretty and romantic, it also has an elegance and refinement that prevents it from being fussy.
Once you've grown it you'll never be without it.

My experience with Ammi Majus

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Reviewed 27th December 2016 by Philip

Love this plant! I tried this in different locations in the garden. It grew everywhere I planted it. The most spectacular result was facing east in full sun and gently dappled shade facing south- in good amended soil. in areas with compacted soil the plants were small- so I will note that in future plantings. A few plants came up again in the spots with good soil, and survived winter frosts and are blooming now in December! A single plant is elegant, but Ammi is best in groups and drifts for a lovely effect.

Lovely Ammi

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Reviewed 8th August 2016 by Jane

I grew a large number of plants from an Autumn sowing and the plants were robust and thankfully not fussy re treatment. The majority did flop over however, taking other things with them as they are on the large side. Also, although beautiful on own in vases and mixed arrangements they do start to drop pollen quite prolifically after day 2.

Fabulous ammi

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Reviewed 6th July 2015 by Ann

Bought five plants for the first time this year - they are amazing! Will have a go at raising them from seed this autumn ready for next year. A great addition both to the garden and for flower arranging. Are inclined to fall over as my garden tends to be a bit windy so will make more effort to support them too!

Autumn sowing

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Reviewed 9th June 2015 by Diane Wisdom

An update: an autumn sowing of these, kept in my cold frame through the worst of the winter and planted out in early spring has produced plants which are now well over 6ft tall !!

Ammi majus

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Reviewed 18th November 2014 by Diane Wisdom

I'd never come across this flower before, so growing it from seed was a first for me, but I loved it - so dainty and pretty. Very easy to raise from seed. It had a slight tendency to be spindly and (in my sandy soil) fall over, but I've taken Sarah's tip to sow now (late autumn)for sturdier plants next year, and will plant out where it will grow up between, and be supported by, stronger growers. My new 'must have' flower!

Lovely show

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Reviewed 18th November 2014 by patricia mandeville

This looked magnificent - wish it was perennial!

Great performance

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Reviewed 18th October 2014 by JujuW

Still going - it's October now and these have come out in early July in our border. They are intermingled with the wonderful verbena bonariensis and they make a fab pair. Very happy.

Ammi, my forever favourite

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Reviewed 7th August 2014 by Eva Nemeth

Due to moving house (and garden), I could only sow these seeds at their current position at the end of April. They started to flower late June and they never stopped since. The plants are healthy and tall and just beautiful.