Nigella sativa
   compleat botanica    plants    specimen names    Specimen (Ni - Ni)   
This page was created using standard templates and sample data from
The Compleat Botanica.

Learn how you can publish your own plant pictures and plant-related data using
The Compleat Botanica.









Nigella sativa

black cumin
Roman coriander
nutmeg flower

  family ranunculaceae 
  genus nigella 

More specimen entries
[prev]  [nigella sativa]  [Next]


Genus  Nigella Species  sativa Variety  Cultivar  Common names  black cumin   Roman coriander   nutmeg flower Family  RANUNCULACEAE Specimen number  S6890 Data source  MedPl p237;Frgnt p350
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Various Life span    Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Various Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The seeds of Nigella sativa have a mild spicy aroma.
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  carminative   antiseptic   galactagogue   anthelmintic Medicinal parts  Seeds Has medicinal uses  yes Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Nigella sativa has herbal applications as a carminative, as an antiseptic, as a galactagogue and as an anthelmintic. See the medicinal properties section for even more traditional herbal uses. Herbal remedies are only prepared from the seeds.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  seeds smell and taste like nutmeg Fragrance parts  Seeds Fragrance intensity  Mild Fragrance category  Spicy Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Nigella sativa is a native plant in the natural environment and most likely originates from Asia.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes 

Page 3209 of 4998

Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


  Order your copy here