Nigella damascena L.


Sp. Pl. 1: 534 (1753) APNI

Taxonomic status:Accepted

Occurrence status:Present

Establishment means:Sparingly established

Erect, sometimes branching, glabrous herb to 75 cm high. Leaves 2–8 cm long, basal leaves petiolate, cauline leaves sessile. Involucral bracts whorled, leaf-like. Flowers blue, sometimes pink or white; sepals 8–25 mm long. Follicles 5, united forming a 5- or 10-locular capsule, 8–35 mm long, beaked. Flowers Nov.–Jan.

*GipP, *Gold, *HSF, *VVP. Also naturalised SA, NSW, ACT. Native to Eurasia. Grown as an ornamental, with populations sometimes establishing on roadsides.

Created by: Andre Messina, 2015-02-16
Updated by: Val Stajsic, 2018-12-03
Distribution map
life Life
kingdom Plantae
phylum Tracheophyta
superorder Ranunculanae
order Ranunculales
family Ranunculaceae
genus Nigella
Higher taxa


Source: AVH (2014). Australia's Virtual Herbarium, Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, <>. Find Nigella damascena in AVH ; Victorian Biodiversity Atlas, © The State of Victoria, Department of Environment and Primary Industries (published Dec. 2014) Find Nigella damascena in Victorian Biodiversity Atlas
  Bioregion Occurrence status Establishment means
Victorian Volcanic Plain present introduced
Gippsland Plain present introduced
Goldfields present introduced
Highlands-Southern Fall present introduced

State distribution

Distribution map
South Australia
New South Wales
Australian Capital Territory