False Queen Anne’s Lace
This plant is not on the Australian Noxious Weed List
A native of Southern Europe, Turkey and North Africa where it prefers moist, well-drained, fertile soils but is somewhat adaptable to soils. A tall, upright, annual growing to 30-90cm (12-36in) with a spread of 30cm (12in) it likes a full sun to part shade position.
A cottage garden favourite, it produces numerous white flowers in an umbel, resembling lacework. It is used as a cut and dried flower in the florist industry (drying must be done in darkness to preserve the flower colour).
The ancient Egyptians used this plant for skin diseases. Modern usage is as a diuretic and has antispasmodic properties. It is also used as a cardiac tonic for the treatment of angina, palpitations, weakness, wheezing and coughs. It is also used as an aromatic spice that has the flavour of Thyme.
It is also known by many common names such as Bishop’s Weed, Bullwort and Lace Flower. Ammi majus is sometimes confused with roadside Queen Anne’s Lace, Daucus carota, a fairly common weed.
This plant grows readily from seed.
All my seed is posted in bubble wrap protection.
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