Orlaya grandiflora

White laceflower

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Plant type

Hardy annual

Flower colour






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Orlaya grandiflora

Plant details

White laceflower, Orlaya grandiflora, is a pretty plant native to the Mediterranean, where it thrives in vineyards and olive groves. It bears lovely fern-like foliage and clusters of pure white flowers, similar to lace-cap hydrangeas. Flowers appear over a long period, often until the first frosts. It's a great choice for wildlife gardens and is particularly attractive to hoverflies.

For early flowering plants, sow Orlaya grandiflora seed in autumn and overwinter in a cold frame. Alternatively, sow seed in spring for plants that will flower into autumn. Allow plants to self-seed or collect seed after flowering and sow fresh for next year's crop.

Family: Apiaceae

Genus: Orlaya

Species: grandiflora

Plant type: Hardy annual

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 60cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: September to November, March to May

Time to plant: March to April

Flowering period: May to August

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Boleybeg Gardener

Fantastic display of pure white flowers

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