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