Species

Nigella damascena

Common Name(s)

love-in-the-mist, devil in a bush

Family

Ranunculaceae

Flora Category

Vascular - Exotic

Structural Class

Dicotyledonous Herbs other than Composites

Features

Stem (50-)200-800 mm tall, bright green when fresh, terete, glabrous, branching in upper third to one half. Segments of rosette leaves linear, those of cauline leaves filiform. Involucre present, of 5 finely dissected leaves, twice as broad as the flower. Flowers 20-30 mm diameter. Sepals in several whorls, blue, white or pink, ovate, acute, clawed, the innermost sometimes 3-fid. Petals usually 0. Styles 5. Capsule glabrous, ovoid, swollen, 15-30 × 10-20 mm, 10-locular but only 5 locules fertile; styles 15-25 mm long at fruiting. Seeds black, c.2 mm long, transversely ridged.

Flower Colours

Blue,White

Year Naturalised

1883

Origin

N.W. Africa, Asia Minor

This page last updated on 30 Jul 2014