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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

Nigella damascena 'Miss Jekyll'

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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