Orlaya grandiflora

Orlaya grandiflora (White lace flower) has beautiful mini handkerchiefs on delicate umbellifer flower heads. This is a long-standing favourite of mine. More
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Orlaya grandiflora

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Orlaya grandiflora (White lace flower) has beautiful mini handkerchiefs on delicate umbellifer flower heads. This is a long-standing favourite of mine.

Ammi majus (Bishop's flower) has been one of my favourite and best selling seeds for years now, and so we trialled this similar fuller-flowered cousin and loved it as much. Give it a try. It forms larger, more prolific plants from an autumn sowing.

Genus Orlaya grandiflora
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name White Lace Flower
Border Position Back
Soil Type Neutral
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 45-60cm (18-24in)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow under cover March-April or sow direct in April for summer flowering, or in autumn for earlier flowers the following year.
Care Tips Hardy annuals can withstand a touch of frost and can be sown/planted straight into the ground in the autumn and will keep through the winter without protection. In colder areas you may wish to cover seedlings or keep in a cold frame/ unheated greenhouse.
Flowering June - September, 12 weeks from spring sowing.
Vase Life 7-10 days
Harvesting Flower production: 2-3 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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Reviewed 3rd July 2016 by Ann Davis

I have grown Orlaya from seed sown in spring for two years in succession now. They germinate fine and I grow them on to be sturdy plants before planting out. Once in the beds they grow for a few weeks and some even produce a couple of flowers, then they fail. The leaves start to turn brown and the plants die off. I really would like to be able to grow them as they are such pretty flowers. Any ideas where I am going wrong? I will try an autumn sowing this year, see if that helps.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your feedback, we are sorry to hear that you are disappointed with the plants that you grew from the 'Orlaya Grandiflora' seeds from us. Yes we would recommend trying an autumn sowing, sow the seeds in pots and keep them undercover (in a cold frame or green house) over the winter. This will give them a good root system and hopefully they will be more successful next spring. Please do let our customer service team know if needed and they can assist you further or if you would like further advice about these plants please contact our horticultural adviser at plantadvice@sarahraven.com"

Posted 11th July 2016

Just ........ lovely

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Reviewed 12th June 2016 by Jo Williamson

I'd bought plugs before from other suppliers with dreadful results but was desperate to try these to fill in places in my very narrow border (between a rock and a hard place). They arrived beautifully packaged and very healthy little plantlets. I potted them on into 9 cm pots and let them do their own thing outside. They grew on beautifully and once their roots had filled the pots, they went into the border and are flowering brilliantly. This is an ideal way for me to grow a small number of different annuals - I don't really enjoy growing from seed myself (quelle horreur!) and I shall certainly be ordering more plugs next year if these are anything to go by!

Third time lucky!

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Reviewed 11th June 2016 by Dido

This is the third year I've attempted to grow these pretty flowers - the first year the slugs got the lot, the second year it was rabbits; but this year, success! I grew them from seed in the autumn and they overwintered (netted this time), coming into flower at the end of May, a lovely froth of white flowers which look great in the vase, especially with a few cornflowers interspersed. It was definitely worth persevering.

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Reviewed 17th November 2014 by Jennifer Bousfield

Sadly, the young plants supplied were far too tall and etiolated; there were even some flower stems budding, all far too forward for survival this winter. I have cut some back to just above a leaf and these have begun to shoot but remain very spindly. The others are flowering now but I wanted them for spring!

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your comments. We're so sorry that the seedlings didn't arrive in the exact condition you anticipated. However, if planted now once cut back they will overwinter fine and set out new strong shoots in the spring. If you have any further problems please get in contact with our Customer Service team who will happily arrange a replacement for you in the spring."

Posted 18th November 2014