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A cottage garden favorite that will happily grow in any vacant spot. The pale blue flowers rest in a cloud of delicate ferny foliage. The dried seed pods make an architectural addition to any dried flower arrangement. Direct seed in full sun. Spring-summer blooming. Self-seeding annual.
Clear area in full sun with well-drained soil. Loosen surface of soil to allow germinated seed to penetrate the top layer. Nigella will re-seed, so plan for any seed pods not collected to drop seed and create a beautiful area year after year.
Sow indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost, or direct seed ¼” deep 3-4” apart when soil is 60° F for optimal germination. Seedlings grow best with a slow increase in temperature.
Harvest flowers in the morning to minimize water loss. Cut stems where they meet leaves for optimal plant health and ease of healing. Nigella also has gorgeous seed pods that add texture to dry bouquets, so dry stems with open pods may be harvested in late summer and fall.
For cut flowers, harvest before the flowers have fully opened for longest vase life. Dried seed pods can last in a dry bouquet through the season.
Nigella seeds are easy to collect from dried, open pods. Store in a cool, dry place for longest seed viability.