Love-in-a-mist is a flowering annual that has been used in gardens for centuries. Aside from its evocative name, its versatile blooms can be used as cut flowers or for craft projects.
Nigella damascena is a member of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae). It is also known as fennel flower because of its ferny, fennel-like foliage.
Love-in-a-mist grows to a height of 15 to 24 inches. Given enough space, it will grow to 12 inches wide.
Bright green foliage is finely cut. Paler green, thread-like bracts (the "mist") surround flowers in shades of blue, white, rose, red and violet. Flowers are 1½" across.
This annual flower does best in full sun---at least six hours per day. Love-in-a-mist does not transplant well, so it should be seeded in well-drained soil after the last hard frost.
Hardiness and Range
A self-seeding annual, love-in-a-mist will grow from seed throughout the United States. Sow seed every three weeks for continuous blooms.
Love-in-a-mist is used in borders and beds. After blooming, the plants produce an attractive seedpod that can be used in dried flower arrangements.
- University of Wisconsin: Love-in-a-Mist
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