Growing Nigella Plants – How To Grow Nigella Love In A Mist Plant
By: Becca Badgett, Co-author of How to Grow an EMERGENCY Garden
Growing Nigella in the garden, also known as love in a mist plant (Nigella damascena), offers an interesting, peek-a-boo flower to be glimpsed through showy bracts. Care of love in a mistflower is easy, and its interesting blooms well worth the effort. Learn more about how to grow Nigella love in a mist so you can enjoy this unusual flower in your garden.
Nigella Plant Info
If you’re not familiar with the love in a mist plant, you may wonder exactly what it is. Flowers of growing Nigella are surrounded by a series of bracts. These are supported by a thread-like leaf structure, known as a ruff, on the cultivar love in a mist plant. This gives the appearance of the flowers being surrounded by a mist, hence the romantic name. Double flowers appear to peek through the mist in colors of blue, pink and white.
Love in a mist plant reaches 15 to 24 inches (28 to 61 cm.) in height and up to a foot (30 cm.) in width when adequate room is left in the garden. Growing Nigella may be used in combination with other annuals in a mixed border or as part of an attractive container display.
How to Grow Nigella Love in a Mist
Learning how to grow Nigella love in a mist is easy. This hardy annual blooms early in spring if planted the previous fall. Simply broadcast seeds into a well draining, sunny area of the garden.
Nigella plant info says this specimen will grow in a variety of soil types, but prefers a rich, fertile soil. Seeds need not be covered.
Nigella plant info also recommends succession planting of the love in a mist plant, as flowering time is short for each plant. When flowers fade, interesting striped seed pods with “horns” appear on the cultivar Nigella damascena. These seed pods may be used fresh or dried as a decorative element in dried arrangements.
Care of Love in a Mist Flower
Care of love in a mistflower is simple and standard: water during dry times, feed regularly and deadhead spent blooms to encourage the growth of more flowers or collect seeds from dried seedpods.
Grow the love in a mist plant to add a little romance to your garden.
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How to Grow Nigella Plants
Nigella are hardy annuals that grow from 15 to 60 cm in height.
Their seeds are often used in cooking. Nigella blooms in the summer with blue, pink or white flowers and have feathery leaves.
Some common names for Nigella include, Black Cumin, Fennel Flower and Love in a mist.
When using Nigella seeds for cooking the seeds can be harvested by placing the pods in a paper bag allow to dry out completely, then rub the paper bag in your hands to release the black cumin seeds.
Next cut the corner of the bag and retrieve the seeds with use of a sieve. Ensure that the black cumin seeds are completely dry then store in an airtight container.
NIGELLA – Love in a mist, Annual Flower Information
NIGELLA Love in a mist
(Devil in the bush) (Lady-in-the-green) (Fennel flower) (Jack- in-the-bush)
(Named from Latin for little black, alluding to the seeds)
The fantastic names given to Nigella, which alone tempt anyone to grow it, have reference to the character of the flowers and leaves. The single, or double, blue or white flowers are furnished with a lace collar of green fern like foliage. The common species is Nigella damascena, the favorite variety being Miss Jekyll. The plants grow 1/2 feet tall and usually bloom constantly from early Summer till Fall. The flowers are followed by attractive, inflated and horned seed pods an inch in diameter.
Relative to the name Devil-in-a-bush, Mr. Breck writes that the name is appropriate because “that evil character is supposed to hide himself as much as possible from public view.”
Where to Plant. The airy grace lent by these flowers is delightful in the garden. For cut flowers they are also valuable, for they may be arranged easily in low vases. The more double flowers are preferable to the singles. Planted with California-poppies, Nigella provides a pleasing contrast in colors.
GENERAL. Seeds may be sown in Autumn for these annuals are perfectly hardy and usually self-sow. Spring-sown seeds bloom later and extend the flowering period. There is little need for sowing indoors, however, as the plants bloom when quite small. Thin the plants to stand 8 to 12 inches apart. In saving one’s own seed keep only that from the double flowers
Love in a Mist Marbles Flower Seeds (Nigella Damascena Albion) 50+Seeds
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Love-in-a-Mist Marbles (Nigella Damascena Albion) - Nigella seeds produces tall white attractive blooms, but the seed pods are what this variety is known for. Marbles Nigella is easy-to-grow even when starting from seed and difficult soils. The unique and attractive seed pods have made Love In A Mist Albion a very popular flower. To dry Nigella flowers or seed pods: Cut stems and hang upside down in cool location.
Sow Nigella seeds outdoors in early spring. The flower seed can be lightly covered with soil. Each plant has a short bloom season, so it is best to have successive plantings every three weeks to have blooms all season. Thin the Nigella seedlings to 8 - 10 inches between plants, and the plants should start blooming in three months. Deadheading will promote continued blooming of Nigella flowers, but will eliminate the attractive seed pods that form later. Love-in-a-Mist is a ready self-seeder if you leave the seed pods on. In mild climates, this Nigella flowers will bloom continuously.
USDA Zones: 4 - 9
Height: 24 - 36 inches
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: White
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
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The genus Nigella is made up of 20 or so species of stiff, bushy annuals grown for their lacy foliage, delicate-looking flowers, and decorative seedheads. The summertime flowers are pink, blue, yellow, or white and have a collar of leaves surrounding the petals. The seed capsules can be dried for arrangements or left to break open to scatter their potential progeny. Use Nigella in an informal border or bed, a cottage garden, or a cut flower garden.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsFeathery leaves decorative seed capsules. Good cut flowers. Seed pods are interesting in dried arrangements. Adapts to any well-drained soil.
CareGrows in most any well-drained soil in full sun.
PropagationPlant seeds where they are to grow in mid-spring or fall, sheltering fall-sown plants through the winter.