Sun exposure:
Full sun, partial shade
East facing, south facing, west facing
Position in border:
Back, middle


Well Drained / Light / Sandy

This article has been checked for horticultural accuracy by Oliver Parsons.

Ammi visnaga is a hardy annual with white- and green-domed flowerheads around 12cm across. The height of this attractive plant makes it a good choice for the middle or back of a border, where its umbel-shaped flowerheads will attract pollinating insects. As well as making a useful filler plant for the border, it's an excellent cut flower and lasts a good 10 days in the vase.

The main difference between Ammi majus and Ammi visnaga is that the flowerheads of Ammi visnaga look more dense and dome-shaped than the lacier flowers of Ammi majus.

Ammi visnaga is easy to grow. As it's not a perennial, you will need to sow seed each year from late summer to mid-autumn, or early spring indoors, for summer flowers. Plant out seedlings in late April, May or early June. Alternatively, sow direct outdoors in full sun or partial shade, into well-drained soil. Ammi visnaga may need staking and then when the flowerheads are over you can either cut it back or enjoy the seedheads as a feature over winter.

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Advice on buying Ammi visnaga

  • Ammi visnaga looks similar to Ammi majus so check the label before buying. Ammi majus has more delicate-looking flowers
  • Ammi visnaga is easy to grow from seed, which is a cheaper option than buying a plant in the garden centre, especially as it looks good growing in groups rather than as an individual plant

Where to buy Ammi visnaga

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Ammi and wildlife

Ammi has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Ammi poisonous?

Ammi is harmful if ingested.

Toxic to:
Is known to attract Cats
Is known to attract Dogs
Is known to attract Horses
No reported toxicity to:
Is not known to attract Birds
Is not known to attract Livestock
Is not known to attract People
Plants that go well with Ammi visnaga