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Nigella damascena 'Miss Jekyll Dark Blue' (Love-in-a-Mist)

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Nigella damascena 'Miss Jekyll Dark Blue' (Love-in-a-Mist) is a popular, upright, bushy annual boasting deep 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.

  • 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.

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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 Nigella
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 9" (22cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, 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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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.


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 Nigella
Exposure Full Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 10" – 1' (25cm – 30cm)
Spacing 9" (22cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Dried Arrangements, Cut Flowers, 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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