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Love-in-a-mist is one cool annual

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena cvs., annual) delivers a 3-part punch, with it’s finely textured foliage, intricate blue flowers, and striped, balloon-like seed pods, all at the same time. It’s a fascinating annual that’s easy to grow from seed in average garden soil and full sun.

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  1. NECMR 02/24/2010

    Wow, what a sight! I'll have to look for seeeds for this, will it grow nicely in a pot since I'm not for certain we will be out of an apartment by planting time.

  2. arboretum 02/24/2010

    a brilliant partner interplanted w/ that ppl leaf perilla.

  3. ThankGod4Gardening 03/05/2010

    Let me say this flower is as pretty in the garden as it is pictured here. I was given a few seed pods by a neighbor. I simply pressed them into the soil and have been blessed with the return of this plant each year from the seeds it produces. I have continued to enjoy its return for many years, but I never new the true name until now.

    Just a couple of things I have noticed with this plant...It sprouts very quickly and reliable for me here in zone 5...I control the reseeding by breaking off the seed pods and pressing them into the soil at the feet of the parent plant...I have been able to see several generations of flowers within one growing season, if I pay attention and utilize those seed pods promptly. It’s a favorite of my grandchildren. It is a very happy flower that just makes you smile at the fluff of the leaves, those colorful seed pods, and then there’s the mystery of how the flower seems to bloom inside out. —a great addition to any garden!!!

    Thanks for sharing!

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