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|Botanical Name:||Nigella damascena|
|Planting Time:||spring or summer|
|Height:||14" to 20"|
|Soil:||nutrient rich, well-drained soil|
|Hardiness:||n/a, flowers poor in warm regions|
|Bloom Time:||spring and early summer|
|Flower:||blue, pink, lavender and purple|
|Foliage:||light green and airy in texture|
|Suggested Use:||beds, borders, cut flowers, edging, mass plantings, window boxes, fillers, hanging baskets|
|Growing Hints:||This plant has a long taproot that makes transplanting somewhat difficult, so in cooler climates, sow seeds outdoors in the spring as soon as soil is workable. Plants will flower approximately 3 month after seeding. In warmer climates, seeds can be sown in the fall for early spring germination. Plants should be spaced at least 6 inches apart for best show and watered deeply during dry spells. Foliage and seedpods will add interest to the garden even after flowers are spent.|
|Interesting Facts:||Love-in-a-Mist has been cultivated for over 400 years and is a relative to the buttercup. The aromatic seeds are used in the Middle East for culinary and medicinal purposes.|
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I purchased this speedwell plant at Lowe's a couple of years ago in the discount plant section; a favorite shopping area for my garden. The nigella is an annual that regularly self seeds and has actually grown from seeds that fell into a pot of other plants that I moved with me. Inexpensive and free, you can't beat that and they are so pretty together. (Note: I regret not removing the plant care stake (seen poking out of the center of the plants) before taking the photo, but then I am certainly not perfect as much as I try :). I have included a closeup of it so that you can see the variety of the speedwell.