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 (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 60cm (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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Orlaya grandiflora

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Reviewed 25th May 2018 by Janis Ireland

I grew orlaya for the first time this year. I planted the seeds in a cold frame in the autumn and left them until May before planting out. The plants were a good size then.
They are just lovely and several friends have asked me what they are and want to grow them too. They have been flowering since the beginning of May and of course it has been very sunny and dry. Will,have to see what the wet weather does.

So disappointed

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Reviewed 4th August 2017 by Pauline Murphy

I grew the plugs on in pots, they did really well, good strong plants with several lovely flowers. I planted them out in the border and was delighted; the flower heads looked so pretty, bobbing among the other plants. Within a few weeks, as the first flush of flowers started to fade, the leaves turned brown and the whole plant eventually withered and died. This happened to all 5 plants, 2 in the front garden, 3 in the back, all well watered and cared for. Such a shame.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for taking time to review our site. we are sorry to hear that your plants did not thrive. In our experience Orlaya do best when allowed to grow a good root ball , plus a spot in light, well-drained soil as being natives of the Mediterranean they dislike growing in any soil that retains too much moisture.
If we can help you in any way please do contact our customer service team at info@sarahraven.com or by calling 0345 092 0283 and our team will assist you further.
Kind Regards, The Sarah Raven Team"

Posted 10th August 2017

Gorgeous but very challenging to grow

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Reviewed 18th July 2017 by Sophie

I grew these from seed for the first time this year and only 3 plants survived to planting out. One of those thrived and had gorgeous flowers until suddenly going brown this week and giving up. The other two are barely surviving. I shall probably try an autumn sowing as the one plant was so lovely when it did flower that I would like to try again.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for your feedback.

We are sorry to hear that your orlaya did not perform well, please do contact our Customer Service Team on 0345 092 0283 or at info@sarahraven.com and they will be happy to advise should you wish to try again.

Kind regards,
The Sarah Raven Team"

Posted 18th July 2017


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Reviewed 13th June 2017 by Emily

Plug plants arrived in great condition so I was hoping they'd flower well and they absolutely have! I've got a brilliant cloud of umbels mixing really well with grasses and nepeta which is lovely for me and the bees.


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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