Nigella ciliaris

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John J

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Nigella ciliaris
« on: April 15, 2018, 07:29:48 PM »
An exciting find this morning by my wife. She saw this flower that had suddenly appeared, apparently out of nowhere, until she remembered sowing some seeds in the general area 2 years before. They were supposedly seeds of a nigella that was rare in Cyprus. The Red Data Book quickly identified it as Nigella ciliaris. This nigella has not been recorded in the wild in Cyprus since 1862 in one location and 1889 and 1912 in a second. It was recorded in a private garden collection in 1987. It does occur in Syria and Israel.
Cyprus Branch Head. Gardens in a field 40 m above sea level with reasonably fertile clay soil.
"Aphrodite emerged from the sea and came ashore and at her feet all manner of plants sprang forth" John Deacon (13thC AD)

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« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2018, 06:37:55 AM »
That is a wonderful photograph of a fabulous flower - well done John and Charithea.
Good to know that a passion for plants and gardening can help save plants that are rare and obviously threatened in former habitats.
MGS member living and gardening in Umbria, Italy for past 19 years. Recently moved from my original house and now planning and planting a new small garden.

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Alisdair

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Re: Nigella ciliaris
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2018, 11:57:28 AM »
Wow!!
Alisdair Aird
Gardens in SE England (Sussex); also coastal Southern Greece, and (in a very small way) South West France; MGS member (and former president); vice chairman RHS Lily Group, past chairman Cyclamen Society