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Re: Nigella species by mo123 ..... Nigella Sativa Support Forum

Date:   2/4/2009 9:38:39 PM ( 12 years ago ago)
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No, not the same. Here is a piece from Wikipedia to explain.

Nigella damascena
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Nigella damascena (Love-in-a-mist) is an annual garden flowering plant, belonging to the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae).

It is native to southern Europe (but adventive in more northern countries of Europe), north Africa and southwest Asia. It is also commonly grown in gardens in North America. It is found on neglected, damp patches of land.

The plant's common name comes from the flower being nestled in a ring of multifid, lacy bracts. It's also sometimes called Devil in the Bush or Devil-in-a-cage.

It grows to 20-50 cm tall, with pinnately divided, thread-like, alternate leaves.

The flowers are white, pink, pale purple or different shades of blue with 5-10 sepals. The actual petals are located at the base of the stamens and are minute and clawed. The sepals are the only colored part of the perianth. The 4-5 carpels of the compound pistil have each an erect style. The flowers blossom in May and June.

The fruit is a large and inflated capsule, growing from a compound ovary, and is composed of several united follicles, each containing numerous seeds. This is rather exceptional for a member of the buttercup family. The capsule becomes brown in late summer. The plant self-seeds, growing on the same spot year after year.

They are much used in dried flower bouquets.

There are several cultivars available with flowers in shades of pink and purple, including 'Albion', 'Blue Midget', 'Cambridge Blue', 'Miss Jekyll', 'Mulberry Rose', 'Oxford Blue' and 'Persian Jewels'.

[edit] Related Species

The related Nigella sativa (and not N. damascena) is the source of the spice variously known as Nigella, Kalonji or Black Cumin.

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