Nigella papillosa



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Showy flower heads rise above beautiful, soft green, ferny foliage. Keep cutting the bee friendly flowers to extend their blooming time. Leave them to flower out towards the end of the season and you will be rewarded with the most gorgeous seed pods.


50 seeds per packet.

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Flower type:Air
Life cycle:Hardy Annual
Climate:Prefers cool to moderate temperatures and can withstand some frost.
Sowing guide:Direct sow (recommended) in March to April / September or sow in trays and transplant after 8 weeks.
Planting Season:Autumn / Spring / Summer
Germination guide:10-14 days @ 18 C. Light required - cover seed with thin layer of soil.
Good Bee Food:Yes
Flowering time:September (from sowing in March to April) or 70 days (flowers) / 85 days (pods) after sowing in September.
Pinch:Not necessary
Position:Full Sun
Final height:60 cm
Spacing:23 cm

Harvesting Tips:

Harvest flowers when fully open. Expected vase life is 7 days. Pods can be used fresh or dried.

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