Spanish Fennel Flower
Also known as
Love-in-a-Mist, Love in a Mist, Love in the Mist
Flower, Spanish Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella Hispanica) - Flickr - nekonomania by Yoko Nekonomania (CC BY 2.0)
1 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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Spanish Fennel Flower Overview
Nigella hispanica is a bushy annual species from the Ranunculaceae family. It is commonly called Spanish Fennel Flower and produces ferny foliage, spiky flowers and bulbous ornamental seed-heads. It originates from France, Portugal, Spain, where it is naturally found on neglected patches of land. It typically grows to around 60cm tall, producing bright blue blooms with contrasting dark red centres. Flowers lead onto inflated, ornamental seedpods, coloured pale green with dark red flushing. The dried seedpods may be used in floral arrangements. This species is part of the Royal Horticultural Society “Plants for Pollinators” initiative to showcase plants which support pollinator populations by providing ample amounts of nectar and/ or pollen. A great choice for encouraging pollinating insect wildlife into your garden!
How to harvest Spanish Fennel Flower
Flowers are cut throughout the flowering season, leave flowers to make seed heads to obtain the seed capsules, allow to dry on the plant to harvest the seeds.
How to propagate Spanish Fennel Flower
Sow in spring to summer, in situ or in trays, flowering should be in 13 weeks from seed.
Special features of Spanish Fennel Flower
Attracts useful insects
Other uses of Spanish Fennel Flower
Grown for their attractive flowers, which are suitable for cutting, and their ornamental seed pods. Culinary use.