An herb known for its pungent fragrance, the nigella or black cumin plant is easily grown in most climates and low maintenance enough for even a novice gardener's touch. Not only does it burst into bloom, the leaves and seeds are both edible, making it a versatile choice for a garden plot.

Growing Nigella

Things You'll Need:

  • Nigella seeds
  • Trowel
  • Potting soil


  1. Nigella seeds are available from nurseries, online, or they can be harvested from existing plants. To harvest the seeds, look for seed pods that have dried and split when pinched. Remove the pods and place them into a paper bag and allow the pods to dry completely. Rub the sides of the paper bag together, releasing the seeds from the pods. Then, cut a small hole in the corner of the bag and the tiny seeds will pour out, leaving behind the remnants of the pods.

  2. Nigella plants do not thrive well when transplanted, so the seeds are best sewn directly into a garden plot. The location should be in full sun and and seeds should be planted in a block formation rather than in a row as the plants support one another during the flowering period. Work the soil in the plot with your trowel, loosening up large clumps and removing any rocks or debris from the location. Add in non-enriched potting soil to the area and mix it in well.

  3. Seeds perform best when sewn in late spring or early summer, when the soil has warmed and all danger of frost has passed. Sprinkle the nigella seeds liberally over the garden plot. Nigella plants prefer dense plantings, so seed the area accordingly. Cover the seeds with approximately 1/4 inch of potting soil, and water in well. Germination occurs within two weeks, so watch your plot carefully.

  4. Nigella plants prefer plenty of water, but not so much as to keep the soil boggy. Do not fertilize nigella, as this dilutes the potency of the essential oils in the herb. Dead head any flowers you don't want to go to seed.

Light: Sun
Plant Type: Annual
Plant Height: To 2 feet tall
Plant Width: To 1 foot wide
Landscape Uses: Containers,Beds & Borders
Special Features: Flowers,Cut Flowers,Dried Flowers,Easy to Grow

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