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Nigella damascena 'Persian Jewels'

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

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12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

3-6 in. (7-15 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)
Light Blue
Medium Blue
Dark Blue
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall

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Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
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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

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3 positives
2 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive BogFrog On Jun 18, 2011, BogFrog from Eugene, OR wrote:

I like these flowers. Self seed and don't require watering or fertilizer (in the Oregon Willamette Valley). Can easily get out of control but easy to weed back those you don't want. Nice plants to naturalize with/like California Poppies. Seeds collect well.

Positive cmsjjdr On Jun 8, 2009, cmsjjdr from Panama City, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I planted seeds for this two or three years ago and nothing, then this year I had a plant come up in one of my grow beds. Since the plant that dominates that bed does not really get going until about July I decided not to pull it up(thought it was a weed) When it started to bloom I knew what it was and was very excited. It is a beautiful color and I hope is self sows. I would like to have a lot more.

Positive Anitabryk2 On Jul 1, 2007, Anitabryk2 from Long Island, NY (Zone 6b) wrote:

wintersowed real well. I absolutely love this flower. I hope it reseeds like stated above. I will definitely grow more next year just incase.

Neutral Scorpioangel On Sep 12, 2005, Scorpioangel from Gold Hill, OR (Zone 7a) wrote:

freely self-sowing ... will sprout up anywhere. I treat them as weeds when they come up in unwanted areas, they do have a tough root system. I grow them as a dryland annual and just let them compete with the other drylanders (california poppy, larkspur, and rose campion).

Neutral Karenn On Jul 13, 2003, Karenn from Mount Prospect, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

This is a "self-sowing" annual. Once established, it can become difficult to remove. Attractive, ferny foliage. When flowers fade, large, decorative seed pods form (can be dried and used for floral arrangements).


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

Auburn, Alabama
Canoga Park, California
Elk Grove, California
San Diego, California
San Jose, California
Santa Ana, California
Santa Clara, California
Ventura, California
New Haven, Connecticut
Panama City, Florida
Gooding, Idaho
Carrollton, Illinois
Jerseyville, Illinois
Mount Prospect, Illinois
Newburgh, Indiana
Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Embarrass, Minnesota
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Maben, Mississippi
Piedmont, Missouri
Port Norris, New Jersey
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Crown Point, New York
Ronkonkoma, New York
Calabash, North Carolina
Lewis Center, Ohio
Lorain, Ohio
Mount Orab, Ohio
Hugo, Oklahoma
Eugene, Oregon
Gold Hill, Oregon
Klamath Falls, Oregon
Portland, Oregon (2 reports)
Bath, Pennsylvania
Lancaster, Pennsylvania
Austin, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas
Irving, Texas
Kalama, Washington
Kent, Washington
Vancouver, Washington
Vashon, Washington

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