Nigella, Love-in-a-Mist

Common Names: Nigella, Love-in-a-Mist, Love-in-the-Mist, Devil in the Bush

Botanical names: Nigella damascena.

Availability: Spring and summer.

Vase life: 7 to 10 days

Storage temperatures: 36 - 41 degrees Fahrenheit

Ethylene Sensitive: Yes

Description: The Nigella blossom consists of several layers of delicate, thread-like foliage surrounding the flower head, giving it a mist-like appearance. The flower itself is relatively small, typically around 1 inch in diameter. At the center of the blossom, there is a cluster of small, protruding stamens surrounded by a ring of pistils. This central structure is often darker in color compared to the petals.

Color: Blue, purple, pink, and white.

Botanical facts: In some cultures, the seeds are used as a spice, particularly in Middle Eastern and Indian cuisines.

Design notes: The delicate and unique blossoms of Nigella add texture and interest to floral designs.

Purchasing hints: Purchase Nigella with turgid well-hydrated stems and undamaged or wilted leaves and blossoms.

Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut stem ends with as sharp knife. Hydrate in water mixed with a commercial floral food for two hours before storage or usage.

Additional notes: The inflated seed pods are a popular dried item.

Video Demonstration:

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