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Nigella damascena

Love-in-a-Mist
Ranunculaceae
Annuals

Mediterranean native. Old-fashioned favorite grows to 1–1 1/ 2 ft. tall and 10 in. wide. All leaves, even those that form under the collar beneath each flower, are finely cut into threadlike divisions. Blue, white, or rose-colored blooms, 1 1/2 in. across, are borne singly at branch ends in spring. Curious papery-textured, horned seed capsules lend an airy effect to bouquets and mixed borders, and look very decorative in dried arrangements. Love-in-a-mist comes into bloom quickly in spring, dries up in summer heat.

Start from seed in spring, as soon as the ground is workable and frost danger is past; can be sown in fall in mild-winter areas. Sow seed where plants are to grow, since the long taproot makes transplanting unsatisfactory. Self-sows freely.

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