Intriguing, dual-colored blooms on practically care-free plants with lovely, airy foliage. 'African Bride' will be a dramatic addition to your cut flower arrangements, and the bees will love it in the garden. Interesting, nearly black, miniature, papery “lanterns” form after flowers drop. This species is native to northern Africa and southwest Europe and is well-adapted to dry conditions.
Botanical Name: Nigella hispanica
Native: Southwest Europe and Northern Africa
Plant Dimensions: 18″–36″ tall
Variety Information: 1″ wide, white petals with deep purple to burgundy pistils and stamens
Exposure: Full sun
Bloom Period: Summer to fall
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 flowers in the morning when fully open. For dried pods, let seed pods form, then clip and hang upside down in a warm, dry location out of bright light, for about 2 weeks.