Nigella Damascena. Love-in-a-Mist is a hardy annual that may obtain a height of one to two feet. The leaves are finely cut and the flowers are blue, light blue, and white. Surrounding each flower is a collar of thread like bracts. As the flowers fade, green globular seed pods form which are attractive when cut and dried.
Seeds may be sown indoors four to six weeks before moving outdoors. Extreme care must be taken because the seedlings are sensitive to transplanting. Love-in-a-Mist may also be sown directly outdoors in successive plantings from early spring to early summer for extended bloom. Plant in a sunny location with good drainage.
Love-in-a-Mist is native to the Mediterranean and was brought to England in 1570. The name of this flower makes the seed pack a wonderful choice for use as wedding favors and Mother's Day gifts.
Heirloom seeds are collected from the gardens and grounds of George Washington's Mount Vernon and cleaned and packaged by hand.