is the common name for nigella damascena and has been around for over 400 years. It’s a very popular sow and forget annual, with feathery leaves and usually blue or white flowers, which grows to around 18 inches.
I have two groups, the blue ones which are around one side of the dustbin lid pond and white ones towards the top of the plot near the Jerusalem artichokes. Having mostly left them to self-seed last year they have multiplied significantly, and are now flowering profusely.
The common variety is Persian Jewels mixed but these are Miss Jekyll (blue) and Miss Jekyll White. The mixed ones include pink-rose coloured flowers but I’ve yet to spot any of these among mine. There are however a few of these blue-white ones.
This short time lapse film shows a flower opening, which is something that we never otherwise get to see.
All in all it’s a wonderful flower to have in any garden or on any plot.
Have a good weekend!
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