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Nigella damascena and cvs.

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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 CharacteristicsSelf-sows. Seedpods can be dried for arrangements.

CareDoes not transplant well, so grow from seed in situ in any well-drained soil in full sun.

PropagationSow seeds in full sun and well-drained soil in spring.


  • Genus : Nigella
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Moisture : Dry to Medium
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds, Showy Seed Heads
  • Bloom Time : Spring, Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : White

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