Love-in-a-mist

Nigella damascena and cvs.

Photo/Illustration: 
Virginia Small
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Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena and cvs.)
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Genus:  Nigella
Love-in-a-mist-bears delicate flowers 1.5 inches across in various shades of blue and white, surrounded by finely divided foliage. Blooms appear mainly in May and June, and sporadically throughout the summer, followed by attractive 1-inch-wide green seedpods that change to cream and burgundy over time.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Self-sows. Seedpods can be dried for arrangements.
Care:  Does not transplant well, so grow from seed in situ in any well-drained soil in full sun.
Propagation:  Sow seeds in full sun and well-drained soil in spring.
Problems:  Infrequent.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Characteristics
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Seed Heads
Bloom Time
Spring,
Summer
Flower Color
Blue Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower
Style
Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Annuals

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