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Nigella damascena ‘Miss Jekyll’ (Love-in-a-Mist)

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Nigella damascena ‘Miss Jekyll’ (Love-in-a-Mist) is a popular, upright, bushy annual boasting sky-blue flowers, 1. in. across (4 cm), from early to late summer. The pretty blossoms are borne atop stems clad with finely-cut, feathery foliage that forms a mist around them. They are followed by decorative, balloon-shaped, seed capsules that are terrific for dried flower arrangements. A cool weather annual, Love-in-a-Mist is easy to grow, low care and trouble-free. It looks good in the garden, even when the plant is not in bloom, thanks to its handsome foliage and interesting seedpods. A charming addition to mixed beds and borders, cottage gardens or containers.

  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society
  • Grows up to 18 in. tall (45 cm) and 12 in. wide (30-45 cm). This plant will readily self-sow in the garden.
  • Performs best in full sun in average, medium moisture, well-drained soils. Provide consistent moisture. Love-in-a-Mist does not perform well in hot weather.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Deadheading spent flowers will promote more blooms, but will also eliminate the attractive seed pods.
  • Propagate by seed sown in situ in mid-spring or autumn. Autumn-sown plants may need the winter protection of a cold frame or cloche.
  • Love-in-a-Mist has a short bloom period (only a month or two). Make successive plantings every 3 weeks for continuous bloom all summer. The plants should begin blooming about three months after planting.
  • Native to Northern Africa, Southern Europe.

Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 12
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3, H1, H2
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Ranunculaceae
Genus Nigella
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 10" - 1'
(30cm - 30cm)
Spacing 9" (20cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Nigella damascena, Love-In-A-Mist, Bird's Nest, Blue Crown, Blue Spiderflower, Chase-The-Devil, Devil In A Bush, Devil In The Bush,  Garden Fennel, Jack In Prison, Jack In The Green, Katherine's Flower, Kiss-Me-Twice-Before-I-Rise, Lady In The Bower, Love-In-A-Puzzle, Love-In-A-Tangle, St Catherine's Flower
Nigella damascena 'Miss Jekyll Alba', Love-in-a-Mist 'Miss Jekyll Alba', Bird's Nest 'Miss Jekyll Alba', Chase-The-Devil 'Miss Jekyll Alba', Devil in a Bush 'Miss Jekyll Alba', White Love in a Mist, White Nigella
Nigella damascena 'Miss Jekyll Dark Blue', Love-in-a-Mist 'Miss Jekyll Dark Blue', Bird's Nest 'Miss Jekyll Dark Blue', Chase-The-Devil 'Miss Jekyll Dark Blue', Devil in a Bush 'Miss Jekyll Dark Blue', Blue Love in a Mist, Blue Nigella

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 2 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 12
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A1, A2, A3, H1, H2
Plant Type Annuals
Plant Family Ranunculaceae
Genus Nigella
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 10" - 1'
(30cm - 30cm)
Spacing 9" (20cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, Plant of Merit, Showy
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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