Nigella is an old cottage garden flower, a favourite for scattering wherever there is a gap in the flower border, but also good for short-term massed bedding and for drying.
For many years 'Miss Jekyll' was the only widely available variety, and it is still popular for its dependable masses of sky-blue, pink or white flowers. These last for about eight weeks, and it is worth deadheading or sowing a later batch to extend the season.
Sowing in autumn or in March, in a cold frame in paper pots in cold districts, produces early flowers.
In windy gardens, support the stems with twiggy sticks. (info: bbc.co.uk/gardening)
An easily grown plant, succeeding in any good garden soil, preferring a sunny position. A very ornamental plant.
Plants are fast-growing and often self-sow if the ground is disturbed by some means such as hoeing.
The flowers are very attractive to bees.
A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes. (info: pfaf.org)
Plants like consistent moisture. Deadheading spent flowers will extend bloom period, but will also prevent development of the attractive post-bloom seed pods. Plants will self-seed in the garden. (info: missouribotanicalgarden.org)
Genus - Nigella
Species - Damascena
Variety - mix
Common name - Love-in-a-mist
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 2 - 11
Height - 0,45 m
Spread - 0,15 m
Plant type - Annual Flower
Exposure - Full sun, part shade
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Neutrral and basic alkaline
Soil type - Loamy, sandy, clay
Water requirements - Average, Well Draining
Landscape uses - Mixed beds and borders. Cottage gardens. Containers. Cut flowers
Bloom season - July to August
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Pink, Blue, White, Red
Sow seed in the garden as soon as the ground can be worked. In cool summer climates, additional sowings can be done every 3-4 weeks until mid summer. Seed may also be started indoors about 6-8 weeks prior to last spring frost date, but plants dislike transplanting and results can be disappointing. (info: missouribotanicalgarden.org)
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