Love-in-a-mist - Nigella damascena


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

Disturbed or bare ground, usually close to habitation.

When to see it

Flowers June – July.

Life History


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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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map