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Nigella damascena

'Love-in-a-mist' is a plant in the Nigella genus with a scientific name of Nigella damascena.

Shades of blue flowers with many overlapping petals open widely to show curly yellow stamens. Feathery green foliage. Useful as a cut flower, or in the border or cottage garden, decorative seedpods

Small to medium size plant growing 15 to 24 in. tall and up to 12 in. wide. The bright green finely cut leaves resemble dill leaves. The flowers are followed by balloon shaped seed pods that have a colored stripe and turn a golden color. Love-in-a-mist will self sow if conditions are favorable.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Blue and   Alice blue and   Blue Bell. When fully grown, they tend to grow to a diameter of 3.0 cm (that's 1.17 inches in imperial). The mature flowers are of a pompon form. Leaves appear approximately as a   Ao green and   Dark spring green

Love-in-a-mist grows as an annual and is a non-edible flower / vegetable. Being an annual plant, it tends to grow best over the course of a single year.

Normally growing to a mature height of 50.0 cm (1.62 feet), Love-in-a-mist grows with a erect habit. This plant tends to bloom in mid summer.

Try planting Love-in-a-mist if you'd like to attract bees to your garden.

Some varieties of Love-in-a-mist you may like to consider growing are: Persian Jewels, Miss Jekyll, Moody Blues, Persian violet and Miss jekyll white.

Love-in-a-mist is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Love-in-a-mist have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Love-in-a-mist

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Medium

Nigella is a short lived plant and probably won’t make through an entire growing season. For a continuous bloom, repeat sow every 4 weeks. Once your plants have begun to scatter seed, you won’t need to continue sowing.
Can be used as a cut flower

Nigella can be used in hanging baskets and window boxes.

Plant in a location that enjoys full sun / partial sun and remember to water moderately. Ideally plant in loamy, potting mix and clay soil and try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 6.6 and 7.5 as Love-in-a-mist likes to be in weakly acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Love-in-a-mist is thought of as hardy, so it can be safe to leave outdoors for the majority of winter (although if in doubt, using a row cover is often a good idea).

See our list of companion Plants for Love-in-a-mist to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Love-in-a-mist from seed

Direct sow seeds outdoors in the fall, in an unheated greenhouse/coldframe in the winter, sow indoors before last frost in spring, or directly outdoors after the last frost in spring. Cannot be covered more than 1/8 ". Or just scatter seed on top of soil and press down lightly.

Aim to sow 0.08 inches (0.2 cm) deep and try to ensure a gap of at least 0.78 inches (2.0 cm). Soil temperature should be kept higher than 12°C / 54°F to ensure good germination.

By our calculations*, you should look at sowing Love-in-a-mist about 14 days before your last frost date .

Transplanting Love-in-a-mist

Nigella does not like being transplanted and does best if direct seeded outdoors. Seed can be sown from early spring, throughout the summer and even in fall, in climates with mild winters.

Nigella can also be grown as a summer flowering pot plant by sowing in a cool greenhouse or conservatory in late summer or early autumn. Grow on in cool conditions in full light watering sparingly

The long tap root developed by nigella makes it very difficult to transplant.1

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Love-in-a-mist is a hardy plant.

Harvesting Love-in-a-mist

Can be used as a cut flower

Seed pods can be harvested when they turn a golden color with burgundy stripes. Place the seed pods in paper bags and hang to dry. The pods should be divided into small portions in order to dry faster.

Seed Saving Love-in-a-mist

Easily self seeds once established. Seeds can be saved from ripening flower heads. Collect into a paper bag and dry on a warm windowsill.

Seed viability is five years.

How long does Love-in-a-mist take to grow?

These estimates for how long Love-in-a-mist takes to sprout, grow and harvest are from real observations from real gardeners, right around the world.

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Days to Germination How long does it take Love-in-a-mist to germinate?
7 days

Average 7 days | Min 7 days | Max 45 days (9)

Days to Transplant How long until I can plant out Love-in-a-mist?
+ 33 days

Average 33 days | Min 23 days | Max 65 days (2)

Days to Maturity How long until Love-in-a-mist is ready for harvest / bloom?
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Average days | Min days | Max days (0)

Total Growing Days How long does it take to grow Love-in-a-mist?
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When should I plant Love-in-a-mist?

Our when to plant Love-in-a-mist estimates are relative to your last frost date.

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When to sow The number of days to sow Love-in-a-mist before or after your last frost date.
14 days before Last Frost Date

Other names for Love-in-a-mist

Devil-in-the-bush, Nigella, Devil in a cave, Love-in-a-mist

Nigella damascena L.

Latest Love-in-a-mist Reviews

  • Took a long time to flower, but what a show! Beautiful blue colours, and the seed pods add interest to cut flower bouquets.

    5 stars

    KiriBean about growing Nigella 'Moody Blues' (U)
  • Took a long time to flower, but what a show! Nice selection of colours, and the seed pods add interest to cut flower bouquets.

    5 stars

    KiriBean about growing Nigella 'Persian Jewels' (OP) (H)
  • An agreeable annual which is a reliable reseeder. It fills in gaps and is easily removable. Pretty foliage, flowers and striking seed pods. Essentially zero maintenance.

    5 stars

    anelson about growing love in a mist

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