Botanical Name: Nigella damascena
Native: Europe, Northern Africa, and Asia
Plant Dimensions: 12″–24″ tall
Variety Information: 1½” papery white, light blue, and dark blue flowers
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Spring
Attributes: Attracts Pollinators, Cut Flower, Drought Tolerant
When to Sow Outside: RECOMMENDED. 2 to 4 weeks before your average last frost date. For continual bloom, sow every 2 to 4 weeks after initial sowing until midsummer. Also sow in early fall for very early spring bloom.
When to Start Inside: Not recommended; seedlings are sensitive to transplant disturbance.
Days to Emerge: 10–15 days
Seed Depth: Barely cover
Seed Spacing: A group of 3 seeds every 8″
Thinning: When 1′ tall thin to every 8″
Harvesting: For longest vase life, harvest in the morning, choosing recently opened flowers with well-colored petals. Seed pods can be harvested at any stage.