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The most spectacular of the nigella family, with deep purple-blue petals and magnificent crimson crown seedpods. One of my top favourite plants.

Nigellas are the classic cottage garden annual which makes fabulous cut flowers and filler foliage for any vase. They dry brilliantly too.

Genus Nigella
Group/Species hispanica
Type Hardy Annual
Common Name Love-in-a-mist
Border Position Cutting Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Scent Unscented
Site Full Sun
Moisture Well-drained
Height 60cm (24in)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow under cover March and September, or April and August direct. Will self-sow but colours cross breed.
Care Tips Keep picking but leave a few flowers to form seed pods for mixing with later flowers.
Flowering July - September, 10-12 weeks from spring sowing
Vase Life 7-10 days, seed pod indefinite (will dry).
Harvesting Flower and seed case production: 3 months.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Nigella hispanica reviews

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Reviewed 5th January 2021 by Ruth

Excellent service, again need to wait and see

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Reviewed 11th March 2020 by Kristina

please refer to my customer experience

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Fiona

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Wendy

I've planted these in a bed with African Bride and California poppies, again amazing healthy plants

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Helen

Lovely healthy plants, their straggly nature enhanced other pots and I have some seed heads drying.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Catherine

Been looking forward to these, one pot of seeds out of three didn’t appear but I suspect something ate them, the rest are growing but even with pinching are a little spindly even for nigella and I’ve been reluctant to release them into the general free-for-all...plants have to be tough to survive in these parts...however if the colour is wonderful I will forgive all and not begrudge a bit of cosseting.

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Geraldine

None of the plants that grew from this seed packet were blue (they all came out white), However, wgen I explained the situation I was promptly offered a refund or replacement.

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Helen

just poor growth,few flowers

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Reviewed 8th November 2018 by Gill

Huge flowers - I'm hoping they will self seed

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Reviewed 12th October 2018 by Lnda

These plants became rather leggy because I was in and out of hospital, but they still bloomed well when staked. Pretty flowers.

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by Jane

Did not thrive and rather droopy

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Reviewed 14th September 2018 by Hilary

Pretty flower but rather a weedy plant needing support despite being quite short. Best grown from seed in situé, I think.

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Mrs Watts

Flowered nicely pretty seedheads

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Mrs Chapman

Have not grown these before - did OK but a little 'weedy' in appearance with fairly insignificant blooms - not quite as illustrated in the catalogue picture!! However, with the exceptionally hot - really violently hot sun I think this may well have contributed despite my faithful watering! Probably would not both again with this.

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by Margaret

Lovely flowers but they didn't do too well where I put them.

Nigella hispanica seedlings

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Reviewed 9th June 2018 by Bernie Spedding

Two thirds of the seedlings arrived dry or dead in the packaging. Other plants in a later delivery were fine and healthy. Disappointing so won't be using this company again.

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Posted 6th July 2018

Spectacular colour

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Reviewed 17th July 2014 by Annie Jenkins

So easy to grow from seed, and absolutely spectacular colour