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To me, this flowering plant looks like something from outer space – it has an unearthly and slightly menacing appearance! Love-in-a-Mist is a member of a small genus of plants in the Buttercup family that are found primarily in the Mediterranean area of the Old World. The only other species in this genus that has received much attention, Nigella sativa (Black Cumin), is a culinary herb with edible black seeds. They are supposed to have a peppery-oregano flavor. Sometimes the seeds of Love-in-a-Mist have been used to flavor food as well. These two species are fairly easy to distinguish – the mature leaves of Love-in-a-Mist have filiform lobes (worm-like & circular in cross-section), while the mature leaves of Black Cumin have linear lobes (flattened in cross-section). Another common name of Nigella damascena is Devil-in-the-Bush.

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