Love-in-a-mist - Nigella damascena

Description

Upright, bushy plant with finely dissected leaves and solitary flowers that have 5 blue or white, petal-like sepals and feathery bracts, followed by inflated seed pods.

Identification difficulty
Habitat

Disturbed or bare ground, usually close to habitation.

When to see it

Flowers June – July.

Life History

Annual.

UK Status

Occasional in Britain as a casual escape from cultivation which rarely persists for very long in the wild.

VC55 Status

Rare, or under recorded as a casual in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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Species profile

Common names
Love-in-a-mist
Species group:
Wildflowers
Kingdom:
Plantae
Order:
Ranunculales
Family:
Ranunculaceae
Records on NatureSpot:
26
First record:
07/06/2015 (Calow, Graham)
Last record:
03/06/2024 (Pugh, Dylan)

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