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PlantFiles: Fennel Flower, Spanish Love-in-a-Mist, Spanish Fennel
Nigella hispanica

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nigella (ny-JELL-luh) (Info)
Species: hispanica (his-PAN-ih-kuh) (Info)

Synonym:Nigella papillosa

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)
12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Light Blue

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


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for drying and preserving

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive kniphofia On Jan 17, 2005, kniphofia from Morpeth
United Kingdom (Zone 8a) wrote:

A little different to the regular 'love-in-a-mist' N damascena, this one is just as pretty, and as easy to grow. It has the most wonderful spidery seed pods which are wonderful in flower arrangements.

Positive LilyLover_UT On Jan 17, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

Fennel flower is easy to grow from seed sown directly in the garden in early spring. It blooms all summer with lavender-blue flowers.


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

Fremont, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
Vista, California
Skowhegan, Maine
Binghamton, New York
Austin, Texas
Boerne, Texas

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