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Nigella damascena 'Miss Jekyll'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nigella (ny-JELL-luh) (Info)
Species: damascena (dam-ASK-ee-nuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Miss Jekyll

Category:

Annuals

Height:

6-12 in. (15-30 cm)

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Medium Blue

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Ashdown, Arkansas

Calistoga, California

Fairfield, California

Fremont, California

Salinas, California

Cayuga, Indiana

Clinton, Mississippi

Fairport, New York

Ashville, Ohio

Grants Pass, Oregon

Austin, Texas

Boerne, Texas

Center, Texas

Leesburg, Virginia

Issaquah, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Charleston, West Virginia

Ellsworth, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

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RatingContent
Positive

On Jul 6, 2009, njarratt from London + Italy
United Kingdom wrote:

This is a great plant for dry areas and poor soils. It flowers in a bed that receives no water other than rain and because it flowers in May/June it has already flowered before any burning summer heat can get to it. It will even flower in a gravel bed! Prolific self seeder ... I just rip off the seed heads and chuck them wherever I want it to flower the following year.

Positive

On Jan 9, 2009, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Excellent plant - long bloom time, beautiful blue color to the blooms followed by attractive seed heads, fine ferny foliage. Looks great as a companion to other plants. Loved it.

Positive

On Jan 16, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

This easy to grow annual blooms in a nice, true blue color. It self-sows prolifically and needs some thinning to look its best. Pull up the plants before the pods split open if you don't want lots of seedlings. The decorative pods can be used in dried flower arrangements.