Nigella damascena
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Nigella damascena

devil in the bush

  family ranunculaceae 
  genus nigella 

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Genus  Nigella Species  damascena Variety  Cultivar  Common names  devil in the bush   love-in-a-mist Family  RANUNCULACEAE Specimen number  S11310 Data source  HtZn p146;MedPl p237;Xeri p278
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span  1 year Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' - 1' 6" Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-02 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Nigella damascena needs summer days with high heat. It prefers moist soils.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  The seeds are toxic Medicinal notes  The seeds are toxic.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Self sows Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement  Cool Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  It does not necessarily require warm days for good production. Nigella damascena easily self-sows from last year's seeds.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Nigella damascena has an annual life cycle. Leaves: Devil in the bush (locally known in some parts as love-in-a-mist) has fernlike light leaves. Flowers: This plant has many-petaled flowers, each 1" to 2" across and shaped into small globes. Blossoms in such colors as white, pink, blue and purple are common.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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