Blue Lace Flower Info: Tips For Growing Blue Lace Flowers

By: Mary H. Dyer, Credentialed Garden Writer

Native to Australia, the blue lace flower is an eye-catching plant that displays rounded globes of tiny, star-shaped flowers in shades of sky-blue or purple. Each colorful, long-lasting bloom grows atop a single, slender stalk. Let’s learn more about growing blue lace flowers.

Blue Lace Flower Info

Blue lace flower plants (Trachymene coerulea aka Didiscus coeruleas) are low-maintenance annuals that ideal for sunny borders, cutting gardens or flower beds, where they provide sweetly scented blooms from late summer until the first frost. These old-fashioned charmers also look great in containers. Mature height of the plant is 24-30 inches (60 to 75 cm.).

Growing blue lace is an easy task if you can provide a sunny spot with average, well-drained soil. Feel free to enrich the soil and improve drainage by digging in a few inches of compost or manure before planting. If you live in a hot, sunny climate, the plant appreciates a little afternoon shade. Shelter from strong winds is also welcome.

How to Grow a Blue Lace Flower

Blue lace flower plants are a cinch to grow from seed. If you want to get a jump on the growing season, plant the seeds in peat pots and move the seedlings to the garden about a week to ten days after the last frost in spring.

Blue lace seeds need darkness and warmth to germinate, so put the pots in a dark room where temperatures are around 70 degrees F. (21 C.). You can also plant blue lace seeds directly in the garden. Cover the seeds lightly, then keep the soil moist until the seeds germinate. Be sure to plant seeds in a permanent location, as blue lace prefers to stay in one place and doesn’t transplant well.

Care of Blue Lace Flowers

Thin the plants to a distance of about 15 inches (37.5 cm.) when the seedlings reach heights of 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm.). Pinch the tips of the seedlings to encourage fully, bushy growth.

Blue lace flowers need very little care once established – just water deeply, but only when the soil feels dry.

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Got an English cottage garden? Then, you should have some Queen Anne's Lace flowers in it.

Not surprisingly, this flower originated in Europe. Queen Anne's Lace was given its name for the lacy nature of the flower head. It was very popular during the reign of who other than. Queen Anne. Also known as Wild Carrot, this wildflower is easy to grow, and is prolific in spreading it's seeds by the wind. It can be found growing wild along roadsides and in fields almost anywhere in the U.S. The field in the picture below, was farmed the prior year. Left fallow, a field of Queen Anne's Lace quickly spreads.

Queen Anne's Lace is a biennial that normally grows three to four feet tall, but can grow almost five feet in the right conditions. It's flowers are white and sometimes pink. Being related to the carrot, it has a carrot-like root that even smells like a carrot. Some suggest it is edible cooked, while others say no. This doubt exists because Poison Hemlock can be easily mistaken for Queen Anne's Lace, due to their similarities.

Did you Know? Queen Anne's Lace is a member of the Parsley family.

Look closely at a Queen Anne's Lace flower. You will see a tiny purplish-black floweret in the center of the otherwise white flower? The black floweret is sterile and will not produce seed. It is not known why nature put it there, perhaps to attract pollinators.

One man's flower is another man's weed. While some flowers gardeners consider this an attractive flower, Queen Anne's Lace is considered an invasive, or noxious weed in several states. It readily displaces native wildflowers.

Other Names: Bishop's Weed, Bishopsweed, Bullwort, Lady's Lace

How to Grow Queen Anne's Lace Plants:

Brought to the U.S. from Europe, Queen Anne's Lace was originally used in old Victorian gardens. It's tiny seeds are easily spread by the wind, and it quickly spread around the landscape.

Growing Queen Anne's Lace is all too easy. All it takes to add them to your field is to spread a few seeds around. Next, year, you will have plenty. If you want some for a garden setting, spread the seeds in the location you have chosen. They require little attention.

Queen Anne's Lace will thrive in poor soils and dry conditions. They do like full sun.

Insect and plant disease do not appear to be too common. However, you may experience plant disease problems in wet, humid weather.

Queen Anne's Lace has been used as an antiseptic diuretic for treatment of skin diseases, cystitis and prostatitis. The seeds have been used to help wash out urinary stones. The roots have been used as antacids, and a poultice of roots to relieve itchy skin.

Rainy Side Notes

Trachymene coerulea , or Blue lace flower as it is commonly called, is a beautiful flower that lasts a long time as a cut flower. The name comes from two Greek words— trachys meaning rough and stemon for stamen that refers to the stamens of one of the species. Related to Ammi majus , Blue lace flower is also a good addition for the cutting garden. Blue is an unusual color for the flowers of the Apiaceae family, although T. coerulea also comes in pink and white forms. In addition, it attracts beneficial insects to the garden.

Blue lace flower is perfectly suited to the maritime climate of the Pacific Northwest, needing cool conditions in order for it to flower. Plant six to eight inches apart and support with twigs. If seeds are started early, transplant carefully, as it is a tap-rooted annual. Dead-head spent flowers to keep it blooming all summer long.

Debbie Teashon
Photographed in author's garden.

The fuzzy growth that gives dusty miller its sheen also helps plants stand tall in periods of drought. Like other plants that hail from Mediterranean climates, dusty miller can get by with occasional watering once it is established. A layer of organic mulch will make plants even less dependent on supplemental irrigation. One inch of water per week is enough to keep dusty miller growing strong.

As a Mediterranean plant, dusty miller thrives in hot, sunny climates. Excessive humidity isn't a problem as long as plants have adequate spacing and a position in full sun.

Caring for Laceflower

It is quite easy to care for Laceflower, the young Trachymene plants should be pinched back at the tips to encourage branching as they like slightly moist soil water them with moderation when soil dries out. For best results grow Laceflower closely together.

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Trachymene plants. You may also enjoy the following Gardener's HQ tree growing guides: How to grow Ailanthus altissima and Cercis siliquastrum plants.

How to Grow Throatwort and other Trachelium Plants

Unless you live in very warm areas it is best to grow throatwort indoors first when growing from seed. The process should be started in winter about 10 weeks before the due to be put outdoors after the last frost of spring. Throatwort seeds should be sown on the soil surface and will take from two to three weeks to germinate at 12 to 16 degrees centigrade. Once ready, transplant the Trachelium plant seedlings outdoors into a shady or partially shady part of the garden with a spacing of around 30 cm. The soil that Trachelium species grow in should be fertile and have very good drainage, also it should be moist and a touch limey.

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