Ask the Expert: Lovely perennial, but what is it?
Springs up in May, has cosmos like stem and leaves and corn flower type flower. It blooms first as white then gradually turns to a dark blue flower. Sharon
Flower Shop Network Plant Expert Reply:
The flowering plant is a Nigella damascena. It is commonly referred to as Love-in-a-Mist or Devil-in-a-Bush. Although it blooms in U.S. gardens in the late spring though summer, florists can use this flower in arrangements year-round. Because of its light and airy quality as well as its blue color, florist use it as a rare blue element in garden style arrangements. Beside the blue flowers, Nigella can also come in pink, white and yellow. Diseases and pest rarly bother this plant and it comes up from seed fairly easy given the right conditions.
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