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Common Name: Love-In-A-Mist
Close-up of the flower
Photograph by: H. Zell
Nigella damascena is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It has edible, medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
Europe - Mediterranean. A rare casual in Britain.
Stony, sunny positions.
An easily grown plant, succeeding in any good garden soil, preferring a sunny position[
A very ornamental plant[
], there are some named varieties[
Plants are fast-growing[
] and often self-sow if the ground is disturbed by some means such as hoeing[
]. The flowers are very attractive to bees[
A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[
Seed - raw or cooked. Normally used as a condiment[
], it has a nutmeg flavour[
An essential oil distilled from the plant is used in perfumery and lipsticks[
The seed contains about 43.5% fatty oil, consisting of 97% total fatty acids of which 30% is free fatty acid[
]. No uses of this oil are given in the report.
Seed - sow spring or early autumn in situ[
]. The autumn sowing might not be successful in harsh winters. Plants can be transplanted if necessary[