Commonly called ‘Love in the mist’. Nigella ‘Midnight’ has the same ornamental, dark purple, spider-like seed pods as ‘African Bride’ with gorgeous, dark purple flowers.
Lasting well out of water Nigella ‘Midnight’ is popular in floristry. Even after the flowers have faded, dramatic seed pods give unique element to arrangements and personal flowers such as Buttonholes.
For the home gardener seeds can be direct sown making them a brilliant easy choice for the beginner. Highly recommended. The patio gardener can grow Nigella in pots.
I find it grows best from an early Autumn or very early Spring sowing. Either in modules or sown direct. For more detailed growing instructions join our ‘Grow Along’ on Instagram
Variety: Nigella papillosa
Type: Hardy Annual
Position: Full sun in free draining soil.
Sow: Spring or Autumn
Germination: Up to 30 days
Pinching: Not required
Harvest: May/June – July
Seeds: 200 (Approx. counted by weight)
Cutting /Vase Life:
Cut flowers when fully open or use the pods fresh or dried in bouquets; To dry pods, hang upside down in a warm, dry place out of bright light for 2-3 weeks.
Place flowers straight into ready buckets of water. We rest our stems for a few hours in water, this is called conditioning.