Beautiful blooms and unusual seed pods.
Blue, mauve, pink, purple, and white blooms clothed in a lacy netting of greenery. Heirloom favorite for fresh or dried flowers. Balloon-shaped seed pods. Also known as devil in a bush. Ht. 12-24". Avg. 14,000 seeds/oz. Packet: 50 seeds.
DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-14 days at 60-65°F (16-18°C).
SOWING: Sow 3-4 times every 2-3 weeks early in season for continuous flower/pod production. Direct seed (recommended) — Sow in early spring when soil temperatures reach 60°F (16°C). Fall sow where winters are mild. Cover lightly with soil as light is required for germination. Transplant — Sow 4-6 weeks before last frost. Plants are sensitive to root disturbance.
LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun.
SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Average soil with good drainage.
PLANT SPACING: 2-9".
HARDINESS ZONES: Annual.
HARVEST: Fresh: When flower buds fully colored or pods have begun to develop. Dried: When seed pods are firm to touch.
USES: Excellent cut or dried flower. Border plants.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Nigella spp.
ALTERNATE NAME: Love in a mist