An easy to grow annual plant with delicate blue and white blooms from June to September. Flowering in colours reminiscent of the well known pottery, Nigella papillosa 'Delft Blue' makes a useful filler for gaps in summer borders.
Commonly known as Love-In-A-Mist, this easy to grow hardy annual is a well loved cottage garden plant, used to soften border edges.
The seeds have a strong aroma and spicy taste, they can be used as a condiment or spice to flavour cakes, breads and curries.
Full sun and fertile to average, well-drained soil are suitable for these annuals. They are easy to grow. Simply sprinkle their seeds outdoors in fall or early spring and they will come up on their own. They do not transplant well, so do not grow them indoors for outdoor planting.
These are best planted as filler annuals between perennials or more long-lasting annuals. They are lovely while they last and their delicate seed pods can be dried and used in everlasting arrangements.
Genus - Nigella
Species - Papillosa
Variety - Delft Blue
Common name - Love-In-A-Mist
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 3 - 9
Height - 0,90 m
Spread - 0,25 m
Plant type - Annual
Exposure - Full Sun, Part Shade, Shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Neutral
Soil type - Fertile, well drained
Water requirements - Average
Landscape uses - Cottage gardens, wildlife gardens, cut flower garden
Bloom season - June - September
Leaf / Flower color - Green / Blue- white
Sow outdoors from March to May or August to October in prepared seed bed in flowering position.
Sow thinly in rows 25 cm apart. Cover lightly with fine soil. Firm gently and keep moist. Cover with glass, clear plastic or propagator lid.
Seedlings appear in 14-28 days.
Transplant in to permanent position after the last frost 20 cm apart.
Remove dead flowers to prolong flowering. Keep moist and weed free.
Make 2-3 sowings for a longer flowering season.
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