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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden

  • Hardiness Zones

    Average annual extreme minimum temperature 1976-2005


    This feathery flower blooms in shades of blue, white, and pink, and reseeds easily, but does not transplant well. It is noted for its interesting seedpods.

    Latin Name

    Nigella damascena


    Family

    Ranunculaceae


    Also Known As

    Ragged Lady , Devil in the Bush ,


    Type of Plant

    Annuals

    Bloom Season

    June - July


    Seasons

    Spring
    Summer

    Specifications

    Max Height: 2'
    Max Spread: 1.5'

    Uses

  • Annual
  • Flower Border

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Toxicity

    Do not ingest

    Colors


    Native Range

    Southern Europe and northern Africa


    History

    Love-in-a-Mist was a common garden flower in Europe by the 16th century and had made its way to the colonies by the 18th century. It was listed on a seed order placed by Henry Middleton of South Carolina in 1800.


    Bartlett Tree Expert Company has been working with Mount Vernon Estate since 2011 providing expert arboricultural care and GPS mapping for the estate’s historic trees, as well as support from their research facility.   Mount Vernon is proud to partner with Bartlett Tree Experts and appreciates their sponsorship of George Washington’s Mount Vernon Plant Finder App.

    Bring Washington's Garden Home

    Purchase our historic seeds, collected from plants grown at Mount Vernon and plant them in your own garden.

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