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.
Nigella will thrive in a sunny corner. Once the flowers have faded you can use the dramatic seed pods fresh or dried (which will last last almost indefinitely).
You can sow Nigella direct making it an easy choice for the beginner gardener… You can even grow plants in containers, making them ideal for the Patio. Highly recommended.
How to grow:
Easy to grow, start seeds Autumn or early in Spring. For the best results allow plants time to grow before the Summer heat pushes them into bloom. Provide support for nice straight stems. Nigella is fairly short lived, to prolong blooming sow Autumn, then both early and mid Spring. 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.