The Q&A Archives: Queen Victoria's Collar

Question: I have recently been given some seeds for what I'm told is called Queen Victoria's Collar. I'm told it's an annual, but I know nothing else. Growing habit, growing preferences, etc. Some place to find a photo would be nice.


Answer: Unfortunately, I've been unable to find a plant with this common name. It sounds very close to Queen Ann's lace (Daucus carota carota), and there is an annual in the same family, Ammi majus. I wonder if this is the same plant? You can find an image of Ammi majus at

Ammi majus is very easy to grow. Early in spring when frost is still likely, sow the seeds in good garden soil that maintains moisture. The spot should receive full sun. The seeds should germinate in 1-3 weeks. Thin seedlings to about a foot apart, and by mid-summer you should see blossoms. These flowers, and others in this family (dill, caraway, cilantro, etc.) are favored by beneficial insects because the small, shallow flowers make it easy for them to access nectar and pollen. If you let the plants set seed, they'll self-sow, and you'll have a new crop next year. They can send their seeds far, so new plants might invade other beds, but they are easily weeded out or mulched over. Enjoy!

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