Annual, nigella Damascena
Love in a Mist, or Nigella, is an old fashioned annual, that looks great in cottage gardens. It's fine, delicate green foliage resembles Asparagus foliage. Flowers bloom from spring to early summer, disappearing in summer's heat. Flower colors include soft shades of white, blue and pink
Love-In-A-Mist plants make great bedding plants. They will also look good in planters and even hanging baskets. Love in a Mist flowers can be used as cut flowers. The seed pods are often used in floral arrangements.
Did you Know? Love-In-A-Mist is related to Buttercup flowers.
Historically, the seeds have had uses in both the cuisine and in medicine.
Start Love-In-A-Mist seeds indoors or out. For outdoor starts, sow them a week or two before the last frost in your area.
Love-In-A-Mist plants are prolific re-seeders. Use a packet or two to start your plants, and they will come up for years.
How to Grow Love-In-A-Mist Plants:
Love-In-A-Mist plants are very easy to grow. They like full sun, but will tolerate partial shade. They prefer rich, loose soil that drains well. Add a general purpose fertilizer when planting them, then once a month after that.
Once your Love-In-A-Mist plants are established, they should grow well with few problems. Keep the soil moist to slightly dry. Water them during dry periods, once or twice per week. Keep them well weeded.
Each year, the seeds will drop and re-seed the area. They are very prolific. The plants will multiply and spread fairly quickly. You may want to consider border edging to contain them.
Insect and Disease:
Love-In-A-Mist plants should grow well, with few insect or disease problems.
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