Love-in-the-Mist

Scientific Name:  Nigella damascena

Light:  Full sun

Zone:  2 to 11; grown as an annual; winter hardy to zone 6

Height:  18″ to 24″

Width:  12″ to 18″

Flowers:  June to July; Blue with cultivars in white, pink, rose and purple

Fruit/Seed:  showy seed pod used in floral arrangements

Fall Color:

Butterflies:  attracts

Birds:

Hummingbird:

Deer Resistant:  Yes

Insects/Pollinators:  attracts

Native:

Idea Garden:

Propagation:  Start from seed in spring as soon as ground is workable, usually around St. Patrick’s Day in Carroll County; Seed can be sown in autumn, about Labor Day and the seedlings protected with a light weight row cover over the winter. Seeds should be lightly covered with soil and 60 F is optimal. Germination should occur in 10 to 21 days.  Sow seeds where plants are to grow, since the long taproot makes transplanting unsatisfactory.

Self-sows freely

Description

Love-in-a-mist comes into bloom quickly in spring with unique lacy star-shaped flowers in a mix of blues, plums and whites.  Additionally, it produces ornamental seed pods in greens, chocolates and even stripes.  Nigella is a cool season flower that dries up in summer heat.

Cultivars / Varieties

Albion Series – 24”; Double flowered; Bred for cut flowers; Marked & colored pods attractive in dried arrangements; Black Marbles, Green Marbles

Cramers’ Plum Loco – 24”; Double white flowers followed by ornamental, solid plum-purple seed pods  Bred for cut flower.

Miss Jekyll Series – 20”; Double flowers are followed by inflated red striped seed pods; Double; Indigo, Light Blue, White.

Persian Series – 18”; Classic old fashion Love-In-A-Mist, airy semidouble flowers, striped pods; Mulberry Rose, Oxford Blue

Shorty Blue –  6”; Dwarf Type. Clear Blue flowers; Blooms followed by attractive inflated red-striped seed pods. Can be grown to bloom in combo containers with spring pansies.

Sources

Nigella damascena – Missouri Botanical Garden

Specialty Cut Flowers by Armitage & Laushman

Cool Flowers by Lisa Mason Ziegler

The Flower Farmer by Lynn Byczynski

Cut Flower Garden by Erin Benzakein

Photo Credits

Wendell Smith, CC BY – 2.0

Jessie-Hirsch, CC BY-NC-2.0

Olivier Bacquet, CC BY – 2.0

Additional information

Zones

Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8

Light

Sun

Soil

Clay, Dry, Loam, Moist

Flower Color

Blue, Purple, White

Flower Season

Spring, Summer

Fruit Season

Summer

Wildlife Value

Beneficial Insects, Deer Resistant, Nectar

Notable Features

Containers, Cut Flowers

Local Availability

Available, Widely Available

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