Nigella, Love-in-a-Mist (Organic)
$3.50 – $12.50
Nigella damascena.65-75 days
A fun and low-maintenance addition to the annual flower garden. Light blue or white, 1 1⁄2″ flowers are held within a framework of lacy leaves. As they dry down they transform into bulbous seed heads reminiscent of balloons. Blossoms are a good cut flower when fresh and seed heads make an even better, unique everlasting. Be sure to plant them where you’ll be happy to see them year after year, as they will self seed readily if left unharvested. Can be grown in full sun to part shade, with shade-grown plants reaching 3′ tall. This cool weather annual can be sown in fall for early blooms in spring, or spring sown for summer blooms. Bloom time is short – succession sowing is recommended for continuous harvest. Related to, but not the same species as the Nigella (aka black cumin) seed used as a culinary herb. Possibly the best collection of common names for any one flower: Aka, Ragged Lady, Devil in the Bush, Love Entangle, Jack-in-Prison.