Series: "Wild flowers of Crete"
Nigella damascena (Love-in-a-mist, or Devil-in-a-bush) is a well known annual garden flowering plant, belonging to the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae). In origin the plant is native to southern Europe , north Africa and southwest Asia where it can be found on neglected, damp patches of land.
The flower has a very unusual shape: the bracts of the flower resemble the leaves which are very dissected with thread-like lobes. The flower has 5 bluish-white sepals. The actual petals are located at the base of the many green stamens and are dark blue, minute and clawed. The ovary consists partly of pockets with characteristically short 'beaks', which on maturity form a very swollen capsule.
Image: Saktouria (Crete) - 09/04/2010
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