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Nigella damascena 'Miss Jekyll'

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy annual

Flower colour

Blue

Feature

Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by bbc.co.uk/gardening

Plant details

Nigella is an old cottage garden flower, a favourite for scattering wherever there is a gap in the flower border, but also good for short-term massed bedding and for drying. For many years 'Miss Jekyll' was the only widely available variety, and it is still popular for its dependable masses of sky-blue flowers. These last for about eight weeks, and it is worth deadheading or sowing a later batch to extend the season. Sowing in autumn or in March, in a cold frame in paper pots in cold districts, produces early flowers. In windy gardens, support the stems with twiggy sticks.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Nigella

Species: damascena

Cultivar: Miss Jekyll

Plant type: Hardy annual

Flower colour: Blue

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 45cm

Spread: 23cm

Time to plant seeds: September to May

Flowering period: July to September


Reader reviews

Samsy5000

very nice, i have been wondering when to sow these little beasties thanx


Whippet

I have grown this for the first time and would like to keep the seeds and try again with them. Do I have to wait for the seed heads to dry and turn brown or is it ok to cut them off and dry them indoors? I would like to use the space for something else. Advice please.


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