The Dirty Gardener Nigella Damascena Love in a Mist Fennel Flower Mix - 500 Seeds

The Dirty Gardener

$ 0.79 


The Dirty Gardener nigella damascena (love-in-a-mist, ragged lady [1]) is an annual garden flowering plant, belonging to the buttercup family ranunculaceae. It is native to southern Europe (but adventive in more northern countries of Europe), north Africa and southwest Asia, where it is found on neglected, damp patches of land. The specific epithet damascena relates to Damascus in Syria. [2] the plant's common name comes from the flower being nestled in a ring of multifidi, lacy bracts. It is also sometimes called devil-in-the-bush. It grows to 20-50 cm (8-20 in) tall, with pinnately divided, thread-like, alternate leaves. The flowers, blooming in early summer, are most commonly different shades of blue, but can be white, pink, or pale purple, with 5 to 25 sepals. The actual petals are located at the base of the stamens and are minute and clawed. The sepals are the only colored part of the perianth. The four to five carpels of the compound pistil have each an erect style. The fruit is a large and inflated capsule, growing from a compound ovary, and is composed of several united follicles, each containing numerous seeds. This is rather exceptional for a member of the buttercup family. The capsule becomes brown in late summer. The plant self-seeds, growing on the same spot year after year. Love in a mist has feathery and ferny foliage which make both the foliage and the cut flowers great for fresh cut bouquets. Also popular in dried arrangements are the unique seed pods love in a mist is very easy to grow and grows very quickly. I have read many reports of it outgrowing its estimated height projections. Love in a mist has been grown in English cottage gardens since Elizabethan times. Bloom time: late spring - all summer. Hardiness zone: annual (but reseeds itself easily, so it acts like a perennial in all zones). Light requirements: sun . . . Soil / water: average.

  • Fill your garden with the feathery color of Love in a Mist
  • Blooms from late spring well into fall
  • Grows from 8 to 20 inches tall and prefers full sun to partial shade
  • Gorgeous in bouquets and cut flower arrangements
  • Non-GMO seeds are packed weekly and have great germination rates

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