Love in a Mist

Nigella damascena

Ethereal blooms and intriguing seed pods.

The feathery foliage of Love in a Mist, or nigella, creates its own climate; a clump creates a wispy, atmospheric effect. Out of the emerald vapors float jewels of quartz, sapphire, and amethyst, which give way to levitating seed pods shaped like vertical dirigibles. This plant is related to the Indian culinary and medicinal spice known as kalonji, but it has a more showy flower and seed pod. The dried seed heads can be saved and used for arrangements and crafts. Still, you may find mood-lifting healing by collecting the flowers and pods of these Persian jewels out of the misty calm.

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Direct sow 2-3 weeks before last frost, or start indoors a few weeks before that and then transplant (carefully—Love in a Mist can be temperamental at transplant time). Love in a Mist tolerates dry conditions and likes average soil. May self-sow.

Days to Germination 7-14
Days to Maturity 75
Planting Depth <¼"
Spacing in Row 8-12"
Spacing Between Rows 18"
Height at Maturity 12-18"
Width at Maturity 12-18"
Sun Preference Full Sun

Artwork by Polly M. Law. Polly makes paper dolls with deep personal issues. This one, outfitted in feathery garb surrounded by mist, seems lost in contemplation of the exquisite complexity of Nigella's leaf, flower, and pod.

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