On occassion, we will be posting items that we cannot identify. Typically, those will be items from the collection of artifacts, but today the staff stumbled across something special.

This flower was spotted outside of the Bristol Inn. It stands about a foot tall and has a pretty purple/blue flower with a light green stamen sticking out of the center. Any ideas?

After some research, the plant has been identified as “Love-in-a-Mist”. Its counterpart is “Devil-in-a-Bush”, which references the seed pod that develops after blooming. They are from the fennel family and is an old plant that perfectly suits our historic gardens. To learn more about this plant and to see the “Devil-in-a-Bush”, follow the link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigella_damascena