Size- H: 45cm W: 30cm approx.
Position- Full Sun, Partial Shade
Seed Count- 150 approx.
Native to Europe and North Africa ‘Love-in-a-mist’ bears rich indigo-blue flowers which appear amongst the finely cut fennel-like foliage. They provide a magnificent display when planted in drifts during the summer months. Grows naturally in rocky places and is ideal in a meadow or where the soil is a little on the dry side and not too rich. Compliments cottage garden plantings and is a very popular cut flower. Seed pods can be dried for indoor decorations.
Sow Nigella damascena direct in late Winter to Spring or in Autumn. Seeds are best sown in short drills 0.5cm deep directly where they are to flower. Sow thinly, once temperatures reach around 18°C . They prefer a sunny open site but will grow in most sites and soils. Prepare the ground well and rake to a fine tilth before sowing. Sow 1mm deep in rows 30cm apart. Seeds germinate in approx 21 days. The seedlings will appear in rows approx 6 to 8 weeks after planting. Thin the seedlings out so they are finally 25cm apart by early summer. Soil should be kept slightly moist, but not wet at all times. An early autumn sowing can be made in sheltered areas for earlier flowers the following year. Planted it in the autumn it will send down a taproot and form a rosette of feathery leaves during the winter. As temperatures warm up in Spring, flower stalks shoot up. Keep moist as without water they tend to flop over.