Flora Pittsburghensis.

Love-in-a-Mist (*Nigella damascena*) ==================================== ###### [![Nigella damascena](https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/e/ec/Nigella_damascena%2C_Beechview%2C_2024-05-21%2C_01.jpg/800px-Nigella_damascena%2C_Beechview%2C_2024-05-21%2C_01.jpg)](https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/e/ec/Nigella_damascena%2C_Beechview%2C_2024-05-21%2C_01.jpg) Photographed May 21. This popular garden flower often escapes, and where a patch has once been planted, it reseeds itself year after year, spreading to wherever the seeds are carried by rain and gravity. It’s known by a large number of common names, among them Persian Jewels and Rattlebox. The latter name refers to the seed pods, which grow to balls about an inch in diameter that rattle when the seeds ripen and dry. ###### [![Love-in-a-Mist](https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b4/Nigella_damascena%2C_Beechview%2C_2024-05-24.jpg/800px-Nigella_damascena%2C_Beechview%2C_2024-05-24.jpg)](https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/b4/Nigella_damascena%2C_Beechview%2C_2024-05-24.jpg) Photographed May 24. The plant below grew from a sidewalk crack in Allegheny West: ###### [![Persian Jewels](nigella-damascena-2010-07-08-allegheny-west-01.jpg)](nigella-damascena-2010-07-08-allegheny-west-01.jpg) Photographed July 8. Gray describes the genus and the species: NIGÉLLA [Tourn.] L. FENNEL FLOWER. Sepals 6, regular, petaloid. Petals small, ungeniculate, the blade bifid. Pistils 6, partly united into a compound ovary, so as to form a several-celled capsule. — An Old World genus, with blackish aromatic seeds, noteworthy in the family in having a somewhat *compound ovary*. (Name a diminutive of *niger*, black, from the color of the seeds.) *N. Damascèna* L. (LOVE-IN-A-MIST.) Flower bluish, overtopped by a finely divided leafy involucre.—Sometimes cultivated, and occasionally spontaneous around gardens. (Introd. from Eurasia.)

Family Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family) | Index of Families