From the Ranunculaceae family, the name Nigella is derived from the Latin 'niger' meaning black, referring to the colour of its seeds. And Nigella damascena, the full botanical name, is believed to have derived the 'damascena' element from Damascus.
With regards to its common name, 'love-in-a-mist', the 'mist' refers to the fine, wispy bracts which create a halo around the flower, the 'love'. But Nigella is also sometimes known as 'devil in a bush'!
Available in blue, pink and white, it has upward-flowers carried on individual stems, amid a froth of delicate, feathery foliage.
This dainty bloom is generally available from April to September, with its peak season being from May to August. And in June and July, you'll find British Nigella at New Covent Garden Flower Market.
Nigella usually comes in wraps of 10 or 50 stems. Seed pods, which are often striped, are also available at the Flower Market.
Artistic White is also available as a cut flower.
Take care when handling Nigella's delicate, soft stems as they're easily damaged. Leigh at Bloomfield says: 'Strip the stems of all their foliage and place in a small amount of water. Make sure to keep the water fresh by changing it regularly.'
Nigella looks wonderful arranged with other 'cottage garden' style flowers like cornflowers, sweet peas and roses in hand-tieds and vase arrangements. And they're an ideal filler flower for wedding designs such as bridal bouquets, flower crowns and buttonholes. The striking seed pods can be used fresh or dry in arrangements.
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P.S. Did you know that in the 'Language of Flowers', Nigella signifies 'You puzzle me!'