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Nigella arvensis - L.

Common Name Wild Fennel
Family Ranunculaceae
USDA hardiness Coming soon
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Cornfields and dry hills on calcareous soils[50, 89].
Range Europe - Mediterranean, to W. Asia. A rare casual in Britain.
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Weed Potential No
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Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Nigella arvensis Wild Fennel


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Nigella arvensis Wild Fennel

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Nigella arvensis is a ANNUAL growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to September, and the seeds ripen from August to October. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Bees.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

 Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Seed
Edible Uses: Condiment

Seed - raw or cooked. It is normally used as a flavouring on cakes, bread etc[2, 105, 183].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

An easily grown plant, succeeding in any good garden soil, preferring a sunny position[1]. A greedy plant, inhibiting the growth of nearby plants, especially legumes[54].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring or early autumn in situ[1]. The autumn sowing might not be successful in harsh winters. Plants can be transplanted if necessary[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Latin NameCommon NameHabitHeightHardinessGrowthSoilShadeMoistureEdibleMedicinalOther
Nigella damascenaLove-In-A-Mist, Devil in the bushAnnual0.6 0-0 FLMHNDM312
Nigella orientalisYellow Fennel FlowerAnnual0.3 -  LMHNDM20 
Nigella sativaBlack CuminAnnual0.4 -  LMHNDM331

Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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