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Black Cumin

Nigella sativa

Also known as

Kalonji, Black Caraway, Nigella, Black Seed, Fennel Flower, Nugmeg Flower, Roman Coriander, Nutmeg-Flower

Nigella sativa by k yamada (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering
Frost Hardy

H6

RHS hardiness

-20°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

35cm

Max

20cm

30cm

Min

15cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Black Cumin

A close up of some blue Nigella sativa flowers in the wild
A close up of a white Nigella sativa flower

Black Cumin Overview

Nigella sativa is an annual species in the buttercup family, Ranunculaceae. It is commonly known by the names Black Cumin and Black Caraway after the dark seeds, amongst others. Typically this plant grows to between 20-30cm tall, producing attractive, finely divided, lacy foliage similar to that of ferns. Flowers are showy and delicate, coloured pale blue to white, with 5-10 petals and showy modified leaves around the flower known as bracts. Nigella sativa is also grown for the ornamental seedheads and the black seeds, which are used as a culinary spice in Polish, Indian and Middle Eastern cultures.

How to propagate Black Cumin

Seed

Propagate by seed sown outdoors in spring or early autumn.

Special features of Black Cumin

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Black Cumin

Grown for their attractive flowers, which are suitable for cutting, and their ornamental seed pods. Culinary use.