How to grow love-in-a-mist

How to grow love-in-a-mist

All you need to know about growing love-in-a-mist (Nigella).

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Sow

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Plant
Plant

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

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Plant does flower in August

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Collect seeds
Collect seeds

Do not Collect seeds in January

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Do not Collect seeds in March

Do not Collect seeds in April

Do not Collect seeds in May

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Do not Collect seeds in August

Do Collect seeds in September

Do Collect seeds in October

Do not Collect seeds in November

Do not Collect seeds in December

  • Spacing

    15cm apart

  • Depth

    1cm

Love-in-a-mist (Nigella) is a pretty and easy to grow hardy annual flower that originates from the Mediterranean and North Africa. It grows quickly and easily from seed. Love-in-a-mist flowers are borne in summer on slender, upright stems clothed in feathery green leaves, and are followed by decorative, large, inflated seed pods. Love-in-a-mist is often called a ‘sow and forget’ annual as the seeds can be sown direct in the soil and germinate reliably. Love in a mist makes an excellent and long-lasting cut flower, and the seed heads can also be dried and used in flower arrangements.

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How to grow love in a mist

Well-drained soil is essential for love in a mist to thrive. Sow the large black seeds directly where you want it to flower, covering with 1cm of soil. If the ground is dry, water thoroughly before sowing the seed. Thinning the resulting seedlings to 10-15cm apart will produce larger and sturdier individual plants.

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Where to grow love-in-a-mist

Love-in-a-mist flower
Love-in-a-mist flower

Love-in a mist needs a sunny site and is best grown in borders. Sow in patches to fill bare spaces between long-lived shrubs and perennials or grow love in a mist with other hardy annuals for a colourful summer display.


How to plant love-in-a-mist

Sowing love-in-a-mist seeds
Sowing love-in-a-mist seeds

Well-drained soil is essential for love in a mist to thrive. Sow the large black seeds directly where you want it to flower, covering with 1cm of soil. If the ground is dry, water thoroughly before sowing the seed. Thinning the resulting seedlings to 10-15cm apart will produce larger and sturdier individual plants.


How to care for love-in-a-mist

Love-in a mist needs little attention, not even deadheading as the attractive seed pods are part of this plants’ appeal.


How to propagate love-in-a-mist

Collecting seed from love-in-a-mist seedhead
Collecting seed from love-in-a-mist seedhead

Collect the seeds and save for sowing the following spring. Seed can also be sown in autumn in mild areas. The seeds are ripe and ready when the pod turns brown and papery. Alternatively, just leave the plants in situ and they’re likely to self-seed, with the feathery green-leaved seedlings standing over winter and blooming early the following summer.


Growing love-in-a-mist: problem solving

Love in a mist is a trouble-free plant to grow.


Love-in-a-mist varieties to grow

Love in a mist 'Persian Pink'
Love in a mist ‘Persian Pink’
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  • Nigella damascena is the most widely grown species and comes in a number of attractive varieties, with flowers 4 cm across. Height 50 cm, spread 20cm
  • Nigella ‘Miss Jekyll’ is a beautiful shade of deep blue. There are also pink and pure white varieties
  • Nigella ‘Moody Blues’ is an attractive mixture of different blue shades
  • Nigella ‘Persian Jewels’ is a pretty mixture of colours including sky-blue, pink and white
  • Nigella papillosa has delicate single blooms with prominent central black stamens. Height 50cm, spread 30cm
  • Nigella ‘Delft Blue’ is a pretty mix of blue and white shades
  • Nigella ‘Midnight’ has darker flowers of a striking shade of velvety-blue