18 05 2008

Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella damascena) is a beautiful Victorian garden annual blooming in soft shades of blue, pink, white, and lavender. Because its fern-like leaves look similar to fennel, it has also been called fennel flower. This annual herbaceous plant is in the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae), readily self-seeds, and is common in old-fashioned cottage gardens. It grows in full sun to partial shade and blooms from late spring through fall. Nigella is short-lived, so for continuous bloom, repeat sowing every four weeks. You can cut and deadhead this plant to keep it flowering longer.

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3 responses

18 05 2008

I’ve never seen that flower before. It’s just gorgeous…I love the colors. I’m getting quite the horticultural education on this here blog!

19 05 2008
29 07 2009

I have always loved this plant! I’ve tried growing nigella for the first time and the flowers did not disappoint! I hope mine will self seed!

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