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Nigella damascena

Nigella damascena
Common name love in a mist
Family ranunculaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers light-mid blue
Size 2'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes not fussy
From seed self-seeds in our garden
Seed ripenslate July

I don't think we'll ever be without this charming annual - even if we tried! The two areas where we grow this are the cutting garden, where it tries to conquer the whole area in early spring (luckily, it's easy to hoe away where we don't want it) and a rockpile in the back yard, where only the toughest plants survive (sedum and thistles are the other two). The seedheads that follow the flowers are decorative as well - they are the source of Amy's nickname for this plant: 'alien babyheads'.

love in a mist
Nigella damascena
Seedlings emerge in late fall, and live through winter - truly a hardy annual
love in a mist
There's always a few white ones amid the mass of blue

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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