Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Blue for a Cottage Garden | Nigella damascena


Nigella is a genus of attractive hardy annual herbs of the Buttercup Family, with blue, yellow, or white flowers, and very finely cut foliage, which probably suggests the common name, Fennel-flower. It is also called Love-in-the-mist and will be forever linked to Gertrude Jekyll.

Spring flowering for a cottage garden
  Nigella damascena known as Love-in-a-mist or Devil-in-a-bush grows to 1 1/2 feet. The seeds, called black cumin, are used for seasoning in the Old World. 
These black cumin seeds are not the same as cumin used for seasoning chili from the Parsley Family, Cuminum cyminum.
Nigella belongs to the Ranunculaceae Family (Buttercup or Crowfoot Family).

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