How To Grow Nigella 'Love-in-a-Mist'

How To Grow Nigella 'Love-in-a-Mist'

Nigella 'Delft Blue' (Love-in-a-Mist)

Nigella papillosa

Flower petals have cool blue and gray splashes, with really detailed deep-purple centers. The plant also makes distinct seed pods that you can use fresh or dried in arrangements.

Can be planted in the fall in zones 5-8. 


Plant type: Annual

Height: 24-36”

Site: full sun

Days to maturity: 65-70 days  for flowers; 80-85 for pods

Plant spacing: 6-9”

Pinch: not necessary

Kids, Pets, and Deer Resistance: non-toxic, deer resistant

Indoor & Pots: grows well in large containers outside


How to Grow:

Fall planting recommended for zones 5-8. Planting in the Fall allows the plant to establish a robust root system and creates longer stems and stronger plants. 

Direct seed (recommended): Fall sow where winters are mild 4-6 weeks before first frost. Or sow in early spring when soil temperatures reach 60°F (16°C). Cover lightly with soil as light is required for germination. 

Transplant: Sow 4-6 weeks before last frost. Plants are sensitive to root disturbance.

Germination: 10-14 days at 60-65°F (16-18°C).

Where to plant:  Plant in the sun into well drained soil.

Harvesting/Vase Life: Fresh: When flower buds fully colored or pods have begun to develop. Dried: When seed pods are firm to touch.

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