Love-In-A-Mist 'Persian Jewels'
Nigella damascena (Persian Jewels Group)
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6 months to reach maturity
This plant has a mild fragrance
Love-In-A-Mist 'Persian Jewels' Overview
Love-In-A-Mist 'Persian Jewels' is a group of small, semi-double flowers in purple, rose, pink or white shades that appear in mid-summer to early autumn. Botanically known as Nigella damascena (Persian Jewels Group) - these fast-growing annuals produce finely divided feathery green leaves equally valued for floral arrangements as decorative flowers. The inflated seed pods can also be cut and dried as interesting accents to displays. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants that support pollinator populations by providing ample nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!
Common problems with Love-In-A-Mist 'Persian Jewels'
Generally pest and disease-free.
How to harvest Love-In-A-Mist 'Persian Jewels'
Cut flowers in the cool of the early morning. Allow seedheads to ripen and collect seed in autumn. Store in paper bags in a cool, dark, dry location for use the following year.
How to propagate Love-In-A-Mist 'Persian Jewels'
Sow seeds undercover between March-May into trays or pots of pre-watered seed compost. Cover thinly with sieved compost. Germination should occur within 3 weeks. Prick out seedlings when they are large enough to handle into modular trays or single pots. Grow on in cooler conditions and plant out after the last frost. Direct sow outdoors after the last frost in your area into well-prepared seedbeds. Scatter seeds, rake to cover and firm the soil gently. Thin seedlings if needed. Flowers should appear from July onwards.
Special features of Love-In-A-Mist 'Persian Jewels'
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Love-In-A-Mist 'Persian Jewels'
These attractive plants suit being included in mixed flower borders and beds. They can be grown in cut flowers patches, added in wildlife-friendly gardens and will tolerate coastal locations.