Orlaya grandiflora / White Laceflower / Seeds

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Orlaya grandiflora / White Laceflower / Seeds

Orlaya is a great plant for a wildlife or cutflower garden.  The plants have fragrant white umbrel-shaped flowers on stems about 60-80cm tall.  The flowers are surrounded by lacy fern-like leaves.   They blend beautifully into both informal and Mediterranean gardens, where the plants come from originally.  The flowers and the leaves are good for cutting, with a long vase life.   Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Orlaya grows best in a sunny position and fertile well drained soil.  The plants attract lots of pollinators into the garden.  Plants self-seed and appear again year after year.  

Pack of 30 seeds.  Sow seeds indoors in late summer/autumn or spring, or sow directly into the ground in in late summer/autumn.  Germination can be erratic, so sow more seeds than you need.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet. 

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Hardiness Hardy annual (RHS Hardiness H7)
Flowers June to the first frost
Height 60 - 80m
Spread 20 - 30cm
Conditions  Plant out in sun to part shade and fertile well-drained soil.

Sow the seeds in late summer/autumn directly into the ground, cover very lightly with soil and keep watered.  Plants germinate in autumn or spring.  Or sow in autumn or spring in a tray of seed compost, cover very lightly with compost and keep at 18-20C.  Germination takes 3-4 weeks and continues erratically up to about 2 months.  Pot on young seedlings and plant out in late spring or early summer after hardening off.  Keep autumn tray sowings in a cold frame or greenhouse over winter.


Plant out young plants 20-30cm apart in a sunny position.  Deadhead the plants to encourage more flowers, which will continue up to the first frosts.  Remove plants in winter or spring as they die back.  Plants will self seed in the right conditions.