Nigella Seeds - Marbles
USDA Zones: 4 - 9
Height: 24 - 36 inches
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: White
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 Marbles (Nigella Damascena Albion) - These flower seeds produce 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 in difficult soils. The unique and attractive seed pods have made this a very popular flower. To dry the 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 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, the flowers will bloom continuously.