Ammi majus

Ammi majus in my summer border with the dark leaves of Amaranthus cruentus

Ammi majus is a hardy annual from Southern Europe, Turkey and North Africa with fern-like leaves, which can provide a cottagey effect in Sydney gardens. Statuesque plants, to 1.2 m in height, they bloom for a number of weeks in summer, with broad slightly domed heads comprised of many clusters of hundreds of miniscule white flowers, each cluster held on stalks of different lengths that come out from a common point on the main stem. Within each little cluster, individual flowers are held in that same domed shape, the overall effect being like an intricate lace parasol! The flowers seem to float in the border, and intermingle attractively with with the spires of my shrubby Salvia as well as nearby Dahlia, against a backdrop of dark-leaved Amaranthus cruentus, another imposing annual plant. Very heavy rain in Sydney will bow them down, but they bounce back once the rain stops. They are an excellent cut flower. They are best propagated from seed planted direct in the ground in early spring, though I also have had reasonable success with a punnet of seedlings from a nursery. They appreciate moist but well-drained soil in a sunny spot. They usually self-seed from year to year.

Flowers in January, December.

 Out now in my Sydney Garden.