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Nigella damascena

Grown by: Working Theory Farm in Hillsboro, OR

  • $5.00

Beautiful light purple flowers, ferny, light green foliage, and light brown seed pods. It is bee friendly and deer resistant. 12-24" tall.

Deadhead the spent flowers to extend the blooming period, or leave them to encourage the development of the attractive post-bloom seed pods and seeds.

Our friends at Working Theory Farm first encountered this variety at Entreflores in Mexico, where it is grown for its beauty and for its seeds, which are used to spice up dishes (sometimes called Black Seed or Black Cumin). Plants will self-seed in the garden.

Days to maturity: 65-70 for flowers; 80-85 for pods

Seeds per pack: 50

Germination rate: 99% on 02/23/2024

Planting / harvesting notes

To direct seed (recommended), sow in the early spring when soil temperatures reach 60°F. Sow in the fall where winters are mild. Cover very lightly with soil - light is required for germination. To transplant, sow 4-6 weeks before the last frost, but mind the roots! Nigella plants are sensitive to root disturbance.

Seed keeping notes

Allow seed pods to fully dry to a crunchy stage. Carefully harvest most of the stem and place directly upside down in a clean, dry bucket. Many of the seeds will fall right out. To remove more seeds, whack the seed heads against the sides of the bucket. Use a sieve to remove the bigger chaff, and winnow off the light weight chaff carefully using your breath, a fan, or the wind.

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