Botanical name: Nigella
Botanical name: Nigella
Love-in-a-mist comprise a small genus of annual flowering herbs. The blooms are white to violet-blue, with a distinct airy look, inspiring the romantic common name. this genus has the nickname "devil-in-a-bush," due to the spiky, decorative fruit capsules. Some species are readily grown for their decorative value in the garden.
Species of Love-in-a-mist
Love-in-a-mist 'Miss JekyII Alba'
Love-in-a-mist 'Miss JekyII Alba' is a short-blooming buttercup annual prized for its bushy, pure white double flowers and fine foliage that appears to create "mist" around the blooms. This love-in-a-mist cultivar is an ornamental whose seed pods add to its beauty. Love-in-a-mist 'Miss JekyII Alba' is mostly pest- and disease-free and easy to care for in the garden.
Love-in-a-mist 'Miss Jekyll'
The love-in-a-mist 'Miss Jekyll' is an easy-to-grow love-in-a-mist cultivar that blooms in summer. It was named by Gertrude Jekyll, a prominent English horticulturist, after herself. The recipient of an Award of Garden Merit, the love-in-a-mist 'Miss Jekyll' is often grown for its reliability and hassle-free garden performance.
This is an annual herbaceous plant (see ephemeral). The field black cumin forms an upright, up to about 10 to 30 cm high and branched stalk. The leaves are pinnate, with less than 1 mm wide, pointed tips.
Love-in-a-mist is a member of the buttercup family with leaves that resemble those of the dill plant. The flowers, which bloom in early summer, sport tiny black seeds at their centers. Love-in-a-mist seeds get added to bread in some Middle-Eastern countries with a flavor like oregano or nutmeg. But note that it could be toxic if ingested in quantities.
Love-in-a-mist 'Albion Green Pod'
Love-in-a-mist 'Albion Green Pod' is a cultivar of Nigella damascena known for its large, double, white flowers that have distinctive green stamens. Foliage is dark green. The flowers are followed by bright green seed pods, giving it its name. This plant is favored for its early blooming season and its attractiveness to bees.
Love-in-a-mist 'Oxford Blue'
Love-in-a-mist 'Oxford Blue' is well-named since its flowers are colored the dark navy blue used by Oxford University. This is a darker shade of blue than the flowers of the parent plant and the showy flowers of this hybrid are double, having many more petals than the single flowers of the parent. This plant enjoys coastal climates and is a great addition to containers, beds, and borders.
Love-in-a-mist 'Miss Jekyll Alba'
Love-in-a-mist 'Miss Jekyll Alba' is bred from the Nigella plant in the buttercup family. The cultivar's name comes from the white flowers and refers to Miss Gertrude Jekyll, a well-respected author and garden designer. The plant has white flowers rather than the typical blue coloring, double blooms, and lacy, threadlike foliage on top to create the "mist" atop the flower.
Long valued for its medicinal and healing properties, black cumin is widely available as a dietary supplement. In fact, it is even referenced in Islamic literature. Black cumin has historically been used as a moth repellent and air freshener. Nowadays, it is primarily used as a spice, providing aromatic flavor.
Nigella oxypetala comprise a small genus of annual flowering herbs. The blooms are white to violet-blue, with a distinct airy look, inspiring the romantic common name. This genus has the nickname "devil-in-a-bush," due to the spiky, decorative fruit capsules. Some species are readily grown for their decorative value in the garden.
It is an expired herbaceous plant that reaches 25 to 40 cm in height. Stem erect, glaucous and glabrous, with ascending branches. Leaves divided, pinnatisectas the segments of the oblong and linear leaves. The flowers are white, up to 4 cm in diameter, not involved.