Nigella hispanica ‘African Bride’ – (Love-in-the-mist)
This plant has pure white blooms with deep rich purple stamens which are followed by intriguing red seed pods. It is a good cut flower, which is used in bridal bouquets and is equally good in summer borders.
This plant has deep rich purple stamens that highlight pure white blooms which are followed by intriguing red seed pods. The flowers grow to around 90cm in height. It is a good cut flower, which is used in bridal bouquets and is lovely in summer borders too.
Nigella is extremely easy to grow.It is a hardy annual, and it can be sown 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 can be planted in a meadow where the soil is a little on the dry side and not too rich.
The seed heads are also attractive and the seed pods can be dried for winter decorations indoors.
Sow direct in late Winter to Spring or in Autumn
Seeds are best sown 0.5cm deep directly where they are to flower. Sow thinly when temperatures reach around 18°C. They prefer a sunny open site but will grow in most sites and soils.
Prepare the ground well and rake to a fine tilth before sowing.
Seeds germinate in approx 21 days. Thin the seedlings out so they are finally 23cm apart by early summer. Compost should be kept slightly moist, but not wet at all times.
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