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Nigella 'Blue Stars'
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Nigella 'Blue Stars'

Nigella bucharica
Delicate looking but strong growing, Nigella 'Blue Stars' adds charm to spring and early summer border edges and containers. Easy to grow, its wiry stems hold a bevy of starry blooms facing skywards, reflecting the cerulean-blue early summer sky.
SKU #S934
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Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
375
Lifecycle
Annual
Annual Hardiness
Hardy Annual
Mature Size
1-1.5' h x 1' w
Sun
Full sun
Soil
Regular to rich, moist, well-drained
Season
Spring to summer
Color
Lavender blue
Features
Great Cut Flower
Attracts Bees
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
Just cover
Sprout Time:
7-21 days
Seed To Bloom:
12 weeks
Starting Indoors:
Not recommended.
Starting Outdoors:
Recommended. Direct sow as early as 3-4 weeks before last frost and again in early to mid-summer for continued bloom. Fall sow in zones 8-10.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
This rare cottage garden flower has bright green fine foliage topped with a bevy of cup-shaped blue stars, each pointing upwards. Its delicate foliage and compact growth make this a neat go-to edger, irresistible with China pinks, sweet alyssum, and California poppies. An excellent choice for edging and pots, where deadheading promotes an extended bloom. Nigella tolerates some drought once well-established and often self-sows for a yearly carefree show.
Final Spacing:
8"
Water Requirements:
Medium Water Use
Watering Details:
1" per week
Soil pH:
Acidic to neutral
Fertilizer:
Mix in 1-2" inches of compost prior to planting.
Diseases & Pests:
No serious diseases or pests.
When to Cut for Bouquets:
Harvest freshly opened flowers; for dry use once seed pods have dried.