Sunday, May 28, 2023

Love In a Mist

 Could there be a more perfectly and romantically named flower that Love In a Mist? The blossoms seem to float in a cloud of delicate leaflets. A member of the buttercup family, the true petals are tiny and barely noticeable. The pastel "petals" are actually bracts, the same botanical trick that poinsettias use. The botanic name, Nigella Damascena, reveals its origins and also that it is the source of nigella seeds, a component of many Middle Eastern and Indian dishes. Those soured on romance (and perhaps cooking as well) have their own nickname for this plant: Devil In the Bush.