This is the love pink found in Persian Jewels. Try it in a drift with white and blue nigella.
Nigella has been grown in gardens for some 4 centuries, acquiring such folk names as "Loveentangle", "Hair-of-Venus" and "Jack-in-prison". These names all describe how the masses of fine lacy foliage provide soft net-like baskets for the flowers.
Intriguing striped seed pods balloon out and dry well.
Plant type: annual Height: 20–50cm (8–20") Site: full sun Days to maturity: 65-70 for flowers; 80-85 for pods Plant spacing: 2-9” Pinch: not necessary
Start outdoors after danger of frost is past and until mid-Summer. Nigella doesn’t like to be transplanted. Can also be seeded in the fall and mulched like Larkspur.
Harvesting/Vase Life: Harvest flowers when fully open. Vase life is generally 1 week, especially if you add preservative to the water. Use the pods fresh or dried in bouquets; dried ones last almost indefinitely. To dry, simply hang upside down in a warm, dry place out of bright light for 2 weeks.