Ammi majus may not be an actual “royal“, but the royal appeal of this flower is undeniable. Treasured by designers for its airy, lace-like, and delicate charm, Ammi includes a group of perennials that are often misconstrued for their more “royal” cousin (Queen Anne’s Lace or Daucus carota).
Because its flowers appear nearly identical, Ammi is popularly known as the False Queen Anne’s Lace. Still, there is no false thing about the inviting charm and beauty of this plant.
The genus Ammi is endemic to the Egyptian Nile Valley, Southwest Asia, and the Mediterranean and includes about 7 species of flowering herbs belonging to the Apiaceae family.
These wildflower-like plants have multi-branched stems 3 to 4 feet tall and are topped by large domed umbels. These umbels are densely covered with small, pure white (or often green) flowers that imitate lace from a distance.
These flowers can often produce a slight but unpleasant odor. Conversely, their attractive feathery foliage adds to the plant’s overall appearance, making them an excellent filler flower for garden and wedding arrangements.