Nigella sativa (Fennel Flower) [20 Seeds]


Germination Information: These seeds tend to grow best if you sow them outdoors in late fall to late spring, 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. A fall, winter, or very early spring sowing will likely bloom in late spring to early summer and produce mature seeds in mid- to late summer. Sowing again in early to midsummer can give you an additional show of flowers and another seed harvest in fall.

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The pale blue blooms and curiously shaped seedpods of fennel flower (Nigella sativa)—also known as black seed, black cumin, and kalonji—aren’t as showy as those of its close relative, love in a mist (N. damascena), but this pretty species offers a bonus feature: edible seeds that are used as a cooking spice. It also has a history of some interesting medicinal properties. The plants reach about 10 inches tall in flower and bloom in summer from an early sowing or fall from a summer sowing. Full sun to light shade. Annual.

A side note: I’ve noticed that a number of websites that sell these seeds or discuss the uses of this plant show photos of Nigella damascena, not this species: N. sativa. The photos here are from my own garden, so you can see you are getting the true edible-and-medicinal species.

Collected in August and September 2022. At least 20 seeds.

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