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Nigella arvensis - L.

Common Name Wild Fennel
Family Ranunculaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Cornfields and dry hills on calcareous soils[50, 89].
Range Europe - Mediterranean, to W. Asia. A rare casual in Britain.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Nigella arvensis Wild Fennel


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Nigella arvensis Wild Fennel

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Nigella arvensis is a ANNUAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from Jun to September, and the seeds ripen from Aug to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has 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: Seed.
Edible Uses: Condiment.

Seed - raw or cooked. It is normally used as a flavouring on cakes, bread etc[2, 105, 183].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

An easily grown plant, succeeding in any good garden soil, preferring a sunny position[1]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[54].

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].

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

Related Plants
Latin NameCommon NameEdibility RatingMedicinal Rating
Nigella damascenaLove-In-A-Mist, Devil in the bush31
Nigella orientalisYellow Fennel Flower20
Nigella sativaBlack Cumin33

 

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