One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of a genus which includes love-in-a-mist.
Genus Nigella, family Ranunculaceae
- ‘Great plants that reseed themselves include: nigella, sunflowers, cosmos, sweet alyssum, dill, cornflowers, parsley, yarrow, violets and pansies.’
- ‘Pockets of spidery white nigella are turning to seed while yellow blossoms of evening primrose tip their faces upwards in the late-morning sun.’
- ‘Other hardy annuals like nasturtium and nigella can be started off in the cold frame if there is room.’
- ‘Our arrangement has a woodsy, end-of-season look with coneflowers, nigella pods, millet stems, lamb's ear, and berries from the garden.’
- ‘Planting early flowers will bring bees to your garden to pollinate the first vegetables - try direct seeding poppies, nigella, larkspur, cosmos and gypsophila.’
Modern Latin, feminine of Latin nigellus, diminutive of niger ‘black’.
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