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Nigella spp.

Also known as

Love in a Mist, Love in the Mist, Fennel flower, Wild fennel, Devil-in-a-bush

Australian Nigella damascena by Louise Docker (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering


USDA zone


Minimum temperature

Expected size








1 years to reach maturity


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Love-in-a-Mist Overview

Nigella is a genus comprising around 18 species of upright, bushy annual flowering plants in the Ranunculaceae family. They are native to parts of Southern Europe, North Africa, South and Southwest Asia. These plants produce finely-divided leaves and purple, blue, or white flowers with 5 petal-like sepals and feathery bracts, followed by decorative seedpods. Commonly known as Love-In-A-Mist, some species are cultivated as popular cottage garden plants. They have attractive ornamental seed heads with a thistle-like appearance, which can add great interest to any garden.

How to propagate Love-in-a-Mist


Special features of Love-in-a-Mist

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Love-in-a-Mist

Grown for their attractive flowers, which are suitable for cutting, and their ornamental seed pods. Culinary use.

Flowers - Annuals to direct sow in August

There is still time to direct sow these fast growing summer flowers where you want them to flower.

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