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Nigella damascena

Also known as

Love in a Mist, Love in the Mist, Bird's Nest, Blue Crown, Blue Spiderflower, Chase-The-Devil, Devil In A Bush, Garden Fennel, Jack In Prison, Jack In The Green, Katherine's Flower, Kiss-Me-Twice-Before-I-Rise, Lady In The Bower, Love-In-A-Puzzle, Love-In-A-Tangle, Jack-In-The-Green, Wild Fennel, Damascus Hellebore, Devil-In-The-Bush, Love-in-a-mist

2007-10-25Nigella damascena 10 by Wildfeuer (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size








1 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A purple blue Nigella damascena flower and green foliage
A purple blue Nigella damascena flower and green foliage
A photo of Love-In-A-Mist
A photo of Love-In-A-Mist
A photo of Love-In-A-Mist

Love-In-A-Mist 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 Love-In-A-Mist

Generally problem free

    How to harvest Love-In-A-Mist

    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 Love-In-A-Mist


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

    Special features of Love-In-A-Mist

    Attractive flowers

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

    Other uses of Love-In-A-Mist

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

    Garden Annuals

    Annuals are mostly, self seeders and flower every year giving you lots of bang for your buck.

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    Flowers - Annuals to direct sow in September

    There is still time to direct sow these hardy annuals where you want them to flower next spring.

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