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bishop weed seeds for sale

Ammi majus—commonly called bishop's weed, false bishop's weed, bullwort, greater ammi, lady's lace, Queen Anne's lace or laceflower—is a plant originating in the Nile River Valley which has white lace-like flower clusters. It is a member of the carrot (Apiaceae) family. Ammi majus contains large amounts of the chemicals furanocoumarin, xanthotoxin, and bergapten. The furanocoumarin can cause phytophotodermatitis and hyperpigmentation. In India, A. majus is cultivated for the furancoumarins which are used to treat vitiligo and psoriasis.

Ammi visnaga, perennial herb with a taproot, related to Queen Anne's lace, used in traditional Egyptian medicine as a diuretic and treatment for kidney stones. It is also used as a coronary vasodilator but is poorly tolerated when given orally. Compounds developed from its furan ring include amiodarone (an antiarrhythmic drug).

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  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: any moist but well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to September
  • Hardiness: hardy annual

Ammi majus

Dainty white summer flower-heads, which look like fine lacework, hover in a frothy haze above the finely cut, green foliage. Often used by florists to add an ethereal, romantic feel to bouquets, the flowers are also loved by many beneficial insects including butterflies and hoverflies. Finches will also find the autumn seed heads attractive. This annual also looks a delight in the garden, and has quite an architectural feel. Stake plants as they start to shoot upwards with twiggy hazel stems for support.
Winner of an Royal Horticultural Society, Award of Garden Merit for reliability and good performance.
Part of the seed range produced by Mr Fothergill’s Seeds in partnership with the RHS.