Nigella orientalis (Yellow Fennel Flower) [20 Seeds]


Germination Information: I recommend sowing the seeds outdoors, right where you’d like them to grow, but you can start them in a pot instead; just keep in mind that they may not grow to their potential if their developing roots are disturbed. Gently press them into the surface of prepared soil or your chosen growing medium and keep the area moist to encourage sprouting. Getting the timing right can be a little tricky. I often get the best results with a fall (late September to early October) sowing in my Zone 6/7, PA garden. The seeds produce a rosette of foliage in fall, then bloom best in late spring to early summer and produce mature pods in mid- to late summer. Sowing in late spring may work better in cooler climates, giving you a summer show of flowers and pods in late summer to early fall.

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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 July 2023. At least 20 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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