An old-fashioned Mediterranean favorite to 11 ft. high, 10 in. wide. All leaves, even those that form under the collar beneath each flower, are finely cut into threadlike divisions. Blue, white, or rose-colored blooms, 11 in. across, are borne singly at branch ends in spring. Curious papery-textured, horned seed capsules lend an airy effect to bouquets and mixed borders and look decorative in dried arrangements. 'Miss Jekyll', to 1 ft. tall, has semidouble cornflower-blue blossoms. Persian Jewels, to 15 in. tall, is a superior strain in a mix of colors.
'African Bride' is a selection of the similar N. papillosa. It has flat, white petals with prominent blackish purple stamens. The black seedpods are useful in dried arrangements. Reaches 3 ft. high and about 1 ft. wide.
Love-in-a-mist comes into bloom quickly in spring, dries up in summer heat. Start from seed in spring, as soon as ground is workable and frost danger is past; can be sown in autumn in mild-winter areas. Sow seeds where plants are to grow, since the long taproot makes transplanting unsatisfactory. Self-sows freely.