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Nigella damascena 'Miss Jekyll Alba' AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Annual/Biennial

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H7 (very hardy)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Green in Spring and Summer

Fruit

Pale Green in Summer

Size

Ultimate height

0.1-0.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

1 year


Preferred common name

love-in-a-mist 'Miss Jekyll Alba'

Family

Ranunculaceae


Nigella are upright, bushy annuals with finely dissected leaves and solitary flowers with 5 blue or white, petal-like sepals and feathery bracts, followed by ornamental seed pods

'Miss Jekyll Alba' is an annual of erect, bushy habit, with white flowers 4cm across, borne in summer well above the feathery foliage, and followed by decorative inflated seed capsules

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

  • South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in any well-drained soil in full sun

Soil

  • Well-drained
  • Alkaline or Neutral
  • Sand, Chalk or Loam

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in situ in mid-spring or autumn. Autumn-sown plants need the winter protection of a cold frame or cloche

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

No pruning necessary

Pests

Generally trouble free

Diseases

Generally trouble free