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hardy annual garden plant (Nigella damascena) of the family Ranunculaceae (buttercupbuttercup
or crowfoot,
common name for the Ranunculaceae, a family of chiefly annual or perennial herbs of cool regions of the Northern Hemisphere. Thought to be one of the most primitive families of dicotyledenous plants, the Ranunculaceae typically have a simple
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 family), having finely cut foliage and blue or white flowers surrounded by a cluster of thready bracts. It is also called fennel-flower—as are other plants of the genus—and devil-in-the-bush. The seeds have been used medicinally. Seeds of another species (N. sativa) are called black cumin and have been used in the Old World for seasoning; they are thought to be the fitch of the Bible (Isa. 28.25, 27). True cumin and true fennel are unrelated plants of the parsleyparsley,
Mediterranean aromatic herb (Petroselinum crispum or Apium petroselinum) of the carrot family, cultivated since the days of the Romans for its foliage, used in cookery as a seasoning and garnish.
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 family. Love-in-a-mist is classified in the division MagnoliophytaMagnoliophyta
, division of the plant kingdom consisting of those organisms commonly called the flowering plants, or angiosperms. The angiosperms have leaves, stems, and roots, and vascular, or conducting, tissue (xylem and phloem).
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, class Magnoliopsida, order Ranunculales, family Ranunculaceae.
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DAZZLING DELIGHT Nigella damascena, Love-in-a-Mist, has ferny foliage and pretty blue blooms.
From a packet of seed cut-andcome again crops such as Clarkia Pulchella, Calendula Art shades and Nigella Damascena Albion Black Pod are amazing value for money.
The brick garden to the left has a blue and yellow theme so here we'll sow direct nigella damascena, 'love-in-the-mist'.
Weak at the knees for lots of love-in-the-mist 6 Staying at my friend Janine's house the other night, I was delighted to see dried seedheads of Nigella damascena hanging in bunches in her conservatory.
Best of the Bunch Nigella damascena IN THE second article that I wrote, when I started this page in August 1999, I listed and detailed 10 of my favourite plants and, having reviewed it , I thought you might like to be reminded of some of them.