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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 (47in)
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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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.