Nigella Seeds - Mix
USDA Zones: 4 - 9
Height: 16 inches
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Mix
Environment: Full sun to partial shade
Soil Type: Well-drained, pH 6.6 to 7.5
Deer Resistant: Yes
Latin Name: Nigella Damascena
Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella Damascena Jewels Mix) - Grow this unusual but very attractive little gem from Nigella seeds. This Love In A Mist seed mix produces blooms in shades of red, white and blue which reach up to 2 1/2 inches across. Once the flowers are done, equally attractive seed pods form once the blooms dry. The Love-In-A-Mist plant foliage is lacy and fern-like giving the plant an airy effect. The flower is great to use as a cut flower, and the seed pods are great to use in arrangements once dried. To dry Nigella flowers and seed pods: Cut the stem and hang upside down in cool location.
Sow Nigella Love in a Mist 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 seedlings to 6 inches between plants, and the plants should start blooming in three months. Deadheading will prolong flowering, but will eliminate the attractive seed pods that form later. The plant is a ready self-seeder if you leave the seed pods on. In mild climates, this flower will bloom continuously.
Excellent Garden Addition
The unique appearance of Love-In-A-Mist lends itself for use in meadow or cut gardens, but the plant also looks wonderful in containers.
How To Grow
Sow these seeds directly outdoors in early spring after all danger of frost has passed. Sow 2-3 seeds per plant and then cover with the thickness of the seed. Keep seeds moist until germination. Under proper conditions, these seeds will germinate in 7-14 days. Once seedlings have emerged, thin to the strongest plant at a spacing of 6 inches. This plant should start blooming about 3 months after seedlings emerge. Deadheading spent blooms with prolong flowering, but this will also prevent the development of attractive seedpods and self-sowing.
- Light: full sun to partial shade
- Soil: well-drained with pH 6.6-7.5
- Plant spacing: 6 inches
Love-In-A-Mist is a unique annual wildflower that grows in USDA zones 4 through 9. This plant produces beautiful flowers as well as attractive balloon-like seedpods that appear after the blooms are spent.
- Bloom color: mix
- Bloom season: summer
- Height: 16 inches