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Nigella is a genus of the family Ranunculaceae, native to southern Europe, north Africa, south and southwest Asia. Commonly called 'love in a mist'. It earns its common name from the tangle of ferny, fennel like foliage that form a mist around the flowers. Nigella flowers start off as interesting puffs, open into rich toned, straw-flower like blossoms and change into equally attractive seed pods.
Solitary flowers borne on upright stems well above the feathery foliage, nigella is a wonderful cottage garden flower for country designs and a great cut flower filler for blue themed wedding bouquets and table arrangements. The flowers keep well as cut flowers and the airy foliage makes a nice complement to broader leaved plants. The seed pods can be dried and used in dry arrangements. Simply tie the stems into a bundle and hang upside down to dry. Pods can be cut in half to display the interesting seed chamber structure.