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Nigella damascena
devil-in-the-bush, love-in-a-mist

Distribution: Known sparingly in Washington from lowland areas west of Cascades crest; southwestern British Columbia to California, east across northern U.S. to eastern North America.

Habitat: Yard waste dump sites, disturbed open ground, and other sites were plants escape from cultivation.

Flowers: May-September

Origin: Introduced from Eurasia

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Delicate annual, the stem simple or branched, 10-50 cm. tall.


Leaves alternate, bi-or tri-pinnate, the segments liner-lanceolate, about 1 mm. broad.


Flowers solitary, surrounded by a ring of pinnate bracts; sepals several, bluish, spreading, clawed, oblong-ovate, 1.5-2 cm. long; petals none in double-flowered individual plants, but single-flowered plants often have petals; stamens many.


Carpels joined together their entire length, forming a spherical, inflated fruit.

Accepted Name:
Nigella damascena L.
Publication: Sp. Pl. 1: 534. 1753. 1753.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Nigella damascena in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Nigella damascena checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Nigella damascena information.

E-Flora BC: Nigella damascena atlas page.

CalPhotos: Nigella damascena photos.

USDA Plants: Nigella damascena information.

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