|Love in a Mist? (Or weeds in a mulch?)
Near as I can tell, I have a bevy of Love in a Mist (Nigella damascena) seedlings springing up in my flower beds.
I sowed a small packet of Love in a Mist seeds last year, a few flowered eventually and now it looks like those fortunate few have replicated themselves en masse.
(Either that or I could be nurturing a crop of weeds with benign neglect, but from what I remember of last year's Love in a Mist plants - and from what I can find on the Internet this year - I'm pretty sure I have the right ID. Looking forward to their cheerful blue blooms and bizarre seed pods soon.)
Many Internet sources list Nigella damascena seeds as being edible (for instance Mother Earth Living and PFAF), although supposedly they are not as flavorful (and therefore not as frequently used for culinary purposes) as the seeds of N. sativa.
And speaking of is-this-a-weed-or-a-desirable-plant, does anyone want to chime in on whether this is really a wild geranium (and therefore presumably desirable) or a pernicious weed that I should pluck with all due haste?
|Desirable wild geranium or sneaky weed?