Nigellas typically bloom in shades of blue, pink, or white, so the yellow color of Nigella orientalis makes it stand out from the others. It has rather more intricate flowers as well, and a different seedpod too: more of a tulip-shaped pod than the usual rounded pod of love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena). Yellow fennel flower is pretty and different in the garden and even more interesting in arrangements as a cut flower or fresh or dried pod, where you can appreciate the unique forms up close. It generally reaches 18 to 24 inches tall. If you allow some of the pods to mature in the garden, you’re likely to find self-sown seedlings. Full sun for best bloom.
I originally acquired these seeds as N. orientalis ‘Transformer’ but cannot tell how or if ‘Transformer’ is different from the species. I am selling the seeds I have now simply as Nigella orientalis because I suspect the cultivar name was added just for marketing purposes. If you know different, please tell me.
Collected in August and September 2022. At least 20 seeds.
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