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Nigella damascena

Also known as

Love-In-A-Mist, Love in a Mist, Love in the Mist, Devil-In-A-Bush, Love-in-a-mist

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








1 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A close up of some blue Nigella damascena flowers in a garden
A close up of a blue Nigella damascena flower
A purple blue Nigella damascena flower and green foliage
A purple blue Nigella damascena flower and green foliage
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Nigella Overview

Nigella damascena are widely grown as bedding plants and for cut flowers. They have a huge range of common names and are admired for their ferny foliage, spiky flowers and bulbous ornamental seed-heads. The dried seed pods are used in floral arrangements. It originates from the Mediterranean region where it is naturally found on neglected areas patches of land. The common name bird's nest comes from the flower being nestled in a ring of lacy modified leaves known as bracts.

Common problems with Nigella

Generally problem free

    How to harvest Nigella

    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 Nigella


    Sow in spring to summer, in situ or in trays, flowering should be around 13 weeks from seed.

    Special features of Nigella

    Attractive flowers

    Mostly shades of blue, but also white, pink and purple.

    Other uses of Nigella

    Cutting bed, border, dried arrangements, culinary, wildlife.

    Flowers to Sow Outside in October

    Direct sow these during October where you want them to flower next year!

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