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Nigella damascena - L.
                 
Common Name Love-In-A-Mist, Devil in the bush
Family Ranunculaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Stony, sunny positions.
Range Europe - Mediterranean. A rare casual in Britain.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun

Summary
Bloom Color: Blue, Pink. Main Bloom Time: Early summer, Late spring, Mid summer. Form: Upright or erect.

Nigella damascena Love-In-A-Mist, Devil in the bush


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Nigella damascena Love-In-A-Mist, Devil in the bush
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Physical Characteristics
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Nigella damascena is a ANNUAL growing to 0.6 m (2ft) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in) at a fast rate.
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to October, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Bees.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats
 Cultivated Beds;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Oil;  Seed.
Edible Uses: Condiment;  Oil.

Seed - raw or cooked. Normally used as a condiment[2, 27, 46, 100], it has a nutmeg flavour[148].
Medicinal Uses


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Expectorant.

Expectorant[148].
Other Uses
Essential;  Oil.

An essential oil distilled from the plant is used in perfumery and lipsticks[238]. The seed contains about 43.5% fatty oil, consisting of 97% total fatty acids of which 30% is free fatty acid[240]. No uses of this oil are given in the report.
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Container, Massing, Rock garden, Specimen, Woodland garden. An easily grown plant, succeeding in any good garden soil, preferring a sunny position[1, 108]. A very ornamental plant[1], there are some named varieties[188]. Plants are fast-growing[188] and often self-sow if the ground is disturbed by some means such as hoeing[K]. The flowers are very attractive to bees[108]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[54]. Special Features:Attractive foliage, Naturalizing, Suitable for cut flowers, Suitable for dried flowers.
Propagation
Seed - sow spring or early autumn in situ[1]. The autumn sowing might not be successful in harsh winters. Plants can be transplanted if necessary[200].

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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Nigella arvensisWild Fennel20
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Nigella sativaBlack Cumin33
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Simon B.
Apr 3 2015 12:00AM
Lovely flower, if you sow in the autumn they will grow through the winter if its mild, and hopefully seed earlier, I'm trying it this year and they made it through the winter. I'll let you all know when they set seed. I even have a few in my polytunnel for reference. Love the flowers and the amazing pods.
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