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Most Peculiar Flower

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Published: August 24, 2017

As I was moving the lawn, I spotted this rather unusual plant hiding in the semi-tall grass. It had three little white flowers and all the leaves were very thin and spiky, but soft to the touch. It also had some interesting seed pods which I'll try to capture at a later time. Any help identifying it much appreciated.

It appears to be a Nigella damascena, also known as Love-in-a-Mist, Ragged Lady, Devil in the Bush or Persian Jewel. Thanks very much to Celairia.

From Wiki

"Nigella damascena is an annual garden flowering plant, belonging to the buttercup family Ranunculaceae. It is native to southern Europe (but adventive in more northern countries of Europe), north Africa and southwest Asia, where it is found on neglected, damp patches of land.

The specific epithet damascena relates to Damascus in Syria. The plant's common name comes from the flower being nestled in a ring of multifid, lacy bracts.

It grows to 20–50 cm (8–20 in) tall, with pinnately divided, thread-like, alternate leaves. The flowers, blooming in early summer, are most commonly different shades of blue, but can be white, pink, or pale purple, with 5 to 25 sepals. The actual petals are located at the base of the stamens and are minute and clawed. The sepals are the only colored part of the perianth. The four to five carpels of the compound pistil have each an erect style.

The fruit is a large and inflated capsule, growing from a compound ovary, and is composed of several united follicles, each containing numerous seeds. This is rather exceptional for a member of the buttercup family. The capsule becomes brown in late summer. The plant self-seeds, growing on the same spot year after year."



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Image size
1180x1180px 1.74 MB
IMAGE DETAILS
Make
NIKON CORPORATION
Model
NIKON D700
Shutter Speed
1/800 second
Aperture
F/5.6
Focal Length
105 mm
ISO Speed
800
Date Taken
Aug 22, 2017, 7:15:42 PM
Software
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Macintosh
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BGai's avatar
Definitely Love In A Mist. I used to grow these though mine had blue flowers. I love them. It's a lovely photo!
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Thank you very much, Bronwyn :)
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dramaticpeanutHobbyist General Artist
Wow I have never seen anything like it.. Great find and capture!
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Thank you very much :)
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Nigella damascena :)
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You're exactly right. Thank you very much :)
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RedsterfishProfessional General Artist
Suggested it to plant identification. Sweet shot of this flower very interesting looking and charming :)
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Thank you very much :)
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RedsterfishProfessional General Artist
Alright :)
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