Nigella papillosa ‘Midnight’ (Fennel Flower) [20 Seeds]


Germination Information: Sow the seeds outdoors, right where you’d like them to grow. Gently press them into the surface of prepared soil and keep the area moist to encourage sprouting. As with other Nigella species, 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 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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Whether you’re growing it as a cut flower, for its fresh or dried pods, or simply as a beautiful border annual, Nigella papillosa is a real eye-catcher, with intricate features that invite close inspection. These seeds came to me as ‘Midnight’, and I believe they are correctly identified, blooming in shades of deep to medium purple-blue from late spring or early summer through midsummer. In leaf and flower, it looks much like the more commonly grown N. damascena, though it lacks the spidery “mist” around the base of the bloom. Its seedpods are also more spiky than those of N. damascena. Height in bloom is usually around 2 feet. Full sun for best flowering. Annual.

Collected in September 2023. At least 20 seeds. Shipping to US addresses only.

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