Love-In-A-Mist - Nigella damascena Love-In-A-Mist - Nigella damascena
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Herb: Love-In-A-Mist


Latin name: Nigella damascena


Family: Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)



Medicinal use of Love-In-A-Mist:

Expectorant.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Annual


Height:
60 cm
(2 feet)

Flovering:
July to
October


Scent:
Scented
Annual

Habitat of the herb:

Stony, sunny positions.

Edible parts of Love-In-A-Mist:

Seed - raw or cooked. Normally used as a condiment, it has a nutmeg flavour.

Other uses of the herb:

An essential oil distilled from the plant is used in perfumery and lipsticks. The seed contains about 43.5% fatty oil, consisting of 97% total fatty acids of which 30% is free fatty acid. No uses of this oil are given in the report.

Propagation of Love-In-A-Mist:

Seed - sow spring or early autumn in situ. The autumn sowing might not be successful in harsh winters. Plants can be transplanted if necessary.

Cultivation of the herb:

Stony, sunny positions.

Known hazards of Nigella damascena:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.