Love-in-a-Mist 'Persian Jewels'

Nigella damascena

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



Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

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Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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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:

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Soil pH requirements:

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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


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

Halifax, Massachusetts

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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.


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).


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).