First things first – because these two plants are often lumped together:
Queen Anne's lace (Ammi majus) and Bishop's weed (Ammi visnaga) are not the same plants. They look very similar, so you'll often find Queen Anne's lace "masquerading" as Bishop's weed (that's why I put both names in the title).
Queen Anne's lace is also known as wild carrot and, while that may not be the most attractive name, the plant itself is a beautiful addition to natural-looking gardens, vases and the spaces between perennials. With large, white umbels of delicate flowers, it's perfect for filling gaps. You can plant a bunch together to create great clouds of white blooms.
And a bonus: the seed pods will look so pretty throughout the winter.
Height: Depending on location 20cm to 100cm (8" to 39")
Hardiness: Robust annual plants
Where: Full sun, partial shade
When: February and March inside, March to June or August to September if sowed straight outside.
Spacing: 40cm (16")
Harvesting/Flowering: June to October, the following year if you sow in the autumn.
A paradise for insects
Photo 1: Janina Laszlo