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Love in a Mist 'African Bride '

Nigella Papilosa


Once you see Nigella in bloom, you will always recognise it by its unique mist of airy bracts and foliage. It earns its common name of Love-in-a-Mist from the tangle of ferny, fennel like foliage that forms a mist around the flowers. The airy foliage makes a nice complement to broader leaved plants and is a great filler for use with cut flowers in a vase. 

Nigella papillosa ‘African Bride’ is a most attractive variety. Deep rich purple stamens that highlight pure white blooms are followed by intriguing red seed pods. Also known as Nigella hispanica, the flowers grow to around 36in height. It is rather special as a cut flower, and lovely in summer borders too.

Nigella is ridiculously easy to grow. A hardy annual, it can be sow early in spring or sown directly where it is to flower. Sowing to flowering takes just three months. The flowers are well suited for traditional cottage garden settings or plant in a meadow where the soil is a little on the dry side and not too rich. Once the petals drop, the blossoms transform into little fairy lanterns and the seed pods can be dried for winter decorations indoors.

Nigella African Bride

    • Life Cyle: annual
    • Site: full sun
    • Height: 36”
    • Days to maturity: 65-85 daysSeed depth: 1/8"
    • Plant spacing: 9-12” 
    • Approx seeds per packet: 50
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