Bloom Color: Pink Rose/Mauve Magenta (Pink-Purple) Light Blue Medium Blue Dark Blue Blue-Violet Violet/Lavender Purple White/Near White
Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer Mid Summer Late Summer/Early Fall Mid Fall
Other details: Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Soil pH requirements: 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
Patent Information: Non-patented
Propagation Methods: From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse From seed; sow indoors before last frost From seed; direct sow after last frost
Seed Collecting: Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored
I planted this once. What a mistake I made! It took me years to get rid of its progeny. It is at least as hardy and prolific as any weed. I would NOT recommend it. I also don't care for its appearance.
Yes, this is easy to grow from seed and is a pretty plant from foliage to seed pods.
However, if you do not want to be pulling out the seedlings of this prolific self-seeder forever, either don't grow it or put it somewhere it can run fee. Once planted, you will never need to plant it again. And may well wish you never had.
On Jun 8, 2012, VioletDumplin from Mobile City, TX wrote:
This is the first year I've grown love-in-a-mist and it's really a cool plant. Flowers very profusely and grows easily from seed. Here lately, however, it's been whispering nasty things to me as I stop to admire it: horrible, god-forbidden things that no human should hear. So be warned, it's beauty and easy nature mask something much more dark and sinister. Still I suppose I will harvest some seeds and continue enjoying its delicate beauty year after year, just with my hands over my ears.
On Mar 29, 2011, dsigngrrl from Springfield, MO wrote:
This unusual looking flower was here when I bought the house, and only through research did I find out what it was. It has self seeded each year, and I am very happy to note that this year is no exception. In fact, it did such a good job of it, I moved some to other locations throughout my yard to various gardens. So far, so good. I love this little guy, pretty ferny leaves, crazy beautiful flower, interesting seed pods... what's not to love?
The seeds for this plant were in a Wildflower packet I planted last April. We built a brand new raised garden with a 10 yd order of compost-topsoil-sand mix from a large nursery in Kent WA.
I sprayed "Spray and Grow" on the foliage 3 times during growing season. I had no idea what flowers to expect, and until today I did not know the name of this flower. The plant grew over 4 ft before any flowers appeared. The beautiful fine feathery foliage made a wonderful filler in other bouquets, as still no blossoms had appeared. Mid summer some buds began to appear and there was one single pink blossom at the top of each nearly 5 ft. plant.
Quite an experience, so I've found another wild flower packet and will plant this weekend. Of course, last summer was glorious. We actually saw the thermometer hit 105 here in Bellevue.
Today on May 13th it's 61 degrees outside.
On Oct 15, 2009, marti001 from Somerset, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:
I grew this wonderful flower in my garden in Calif. Ventura County. It flourished and reseeded itself. Plus, as I had planted a mix of colors, after the second year I started to see other colors. It had cross pollenated itself and I had some stricking new colors. I miss it terribly and have added it to my want list for my new garden here in KY.
On May 11, 2009, anelson77 from Seattle, WA wrote:
These hardy annuals reseed so reliably they may as well be perennial in Seattle. The seed germinate and the feathery foliage appears in the fall, and even survives hard freezes and snow. Mine are a divine light blue in the late spring. They grow everywhere, sun or part shade, dry or watered, in poor soil with no fertilizer. They are not weedy though, maybe slightly too freely reseeding but easy to pull where not wanted. After they bloom the dried seedpods are interesting looking.
On Jul 23, 2008, colliwobbles from (Jana) Shoreline, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:
I scattered some seeds in a not-so-great flower bed back in 2004, and the flowers have become a perennial for me. This year, they produced the biggest plant yet, and it grew from a seed that must have been carried into our gravel driveway!
Another presentation of the lovely seed pod that is very attractive in floral arrangements: cross-sectioned. Cutting the seed pod cleanly through the middle (perpendicular to the stem) reveals the beautiful symmetry of the chambers of the pod, decorated with the little black dots of the seeds.
This is a plant that keeps on giving visual pleasure in its many forms.
On Feb 14, 2005, kviolette from Raleigh, NC (Zone 8a) wrote:
This is one of my favorite and most reliable plants in the garden. They self sow in sufficient numbers that voles cannot eat them all; they bloom Mayish after the seedlings winter over (Raleigh, NC Z7b/8a); and they remain ornamental all season long. They begin with blooms ranging in color from white to blue and with few pinks here and there and finish off with greatly interesting seed pods. Then, in late August, hundreds of seedlings begin poking up when the rest of the garden is thinking about winding down for the year. Highly recommend planting some!
On Jun 2, 2004, tzatzu from Santa Maria, CA wrote:
Very easy to grow. When left to self seed a new crop comes up all year long (on Central Coast, CA). The buds and flowers make beautiful cut flower arrangements. The flowers last up to 4 days in plain water. . .may last longer with use of florist tricks.
On May 27, 2004, angelam from melbourne Australia wrote:
I let this plant self-seed all over my garden. They flower early and can be over and removed while other plants are still getting underway. The blue form starts a wishy-washy shade and darkens over the 2-3 days individual blooms last. I also grow them for the seed pods which can last for weeks. I've found the blue flower pods are rather non-descript, and so get removed except for the few plants I leave for seed. The white flowers have pods that are a rather attractive pinky grey colour which look quite impressive left in clumps in a perennial bed.
On Aug 7, 2003, Ladyfern from Jeffersonville, IN (Zone 6a) wrote:
I've found that seeds planted in the spring as normally recommended produces small plants that grow small flowers. They do much better when the seed is scattered in the summer. They sprout, overwinter as seedlings, and then shoot up and look great in the spring. They're done flowering about the time the perennials are coming into it, so then you pull out all the spent Nigella and let the perennials take over. A nice ferny filler to let self-sow. You need to watch the flowers, though, if you like the doubles. I promptly pull out the ones that are singles to try to keep the doubles reseeding.
On Nov 5, 2000, gardener_mick from Wentworth, SD (Zone 4a) wrote:
Love-in-a-mist is an annual that grows 1 to 1-1/2' tall. This plant has a branching habit. The most common colors are blue and white; but pink, red, and purple are also available. The foliage is lacey and fern-like giving the plant an airy feel. The flower is short-lived, but if seeds are sown every 2-3 weeks, you can extend this period through the summer. This plant is native to southern Europe and North Africa.
The seed pods are great for dried arrangements. To dry them, you need to cut the pods when they are still green and fresh looking. Wrap the stems with a piece of wire or string and hang upside down in a dry place until they are dry.
Two varieties are: 'Persian Jewels' and 'Miss Jekyll'
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, (4 reports) Arley, Alabama Huntsville, Alabama Little Rock, Arkansas Arcata, California Berkeley, California Clayton, California Fairfield, California Georgetown, California Merced, California Middletown, California Mountain View, California Salinas, California San Anselmo, California San Diego, California San Jose, California San Leandro, California Santa Ana, California Santa Clara, California Sebastopol, California Stockton, California Willits, California (2 reports) North Star, Delaware Valparaiso, Florida Rathdrum, Idaho Aurora, Illinois Beecher, Illinois Divernon, Illinois Glendale Heights, Illinois Washington, Illinois Country Club Heights, Indiana Oak Park, Indiana Taylorsville, Kentucky Tompkinsville, Kentucky Brownsville-bawcomville, Louisiana De Ridder, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana South China, Maine Cresaptown-bel Air, Maryland Alford, Massachusetts Brown City, Michigan Lake Orion, Michigan Cambridge, Minnesota Goodview, Minnesota La Crescent, Minnesota Clinton, Mississippi Springfield, Missouri Bayville, New Jersey Cayuga Heights, New York Farmington, New York Van Etten, New York West Kill, New York Concord, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina Cincinnati, Ohio Columbia Station, Ohio Montrose-ghent, Ohio Reynoldsburg, Ohio Cave Junction, Oregon Drain, Oregon Churchill, Pennsylvania Millerstown, Pennsylvania Somerset, Pennsylvania Columbia, South Carolina Conway, South Carolina North Augusta, South Carolina Christiana, Tennessee Clarksville, Tennessee Knoxville, Tennessee Lenoir City, Tennessee Austin, Texas Dickinson, Texas Fort Worth, Texas Lucas, Texas Mobile City, Texas San Antonio, Texas Farr West, Utah Bristol, Virginia Alderwood Manor, Washington Bellevue, Washington Chewelah, Washington Chimacum, Washington Freeland, Washington Kalama, Washington La Conner, Washington Seattle, Washington (3 reports) Spokane, Washington Sumner, Washington Woodland, Washington Marinette, Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin