(Nigella hispanica) Exotica is our favorite of the Nigella (Love In a Mist) family. The beautiful purple passionflower-like blooms make an outstanding and long-lasting cut flower filler. Very delicate and abundant sprays with flowers that contrast from deep purple flower petals to dark purple centers to magenta stamens. Once the flowers are spent, the seed pods swell up into unusual and ornamental balloons. 18-24” tall. Gorgeous!
75-85 days. TR
Packet: 100 seeds
Product Code: NIG-EX-pkt
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Sow indoors 2-4 weeks before your last frost.
Transplant out after last frost.
Note: Be gentle when transplanting.
1/8" Light aids germination
10-14 days @ soil temp 60-75F.
Full sun to part shade
Average. Prefers well-drained, and evenly moist soil.
Be gentle when transplanting!
Many, many stems one each plant.
Harvest flower when mostly open and expect a vase life of one week.
Wait for the seed pod to develop and add to bouquets.