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Nigella sativa
Scientific classification
Binomial name
Nigella sativa
  • Viv. Mill.
  • Nigella indica Nigella cretica
  • Roxb. Nigella truncata
Nigella sativa

Nigella sativa is a black cumin (also known as nigella or kalonji).[1] It is an annual flowering plant in the family Ranunculaceae. It is from south and southwest Asia. Nigella sativa can grow to be 20–30 cm (7.9–11.8 in) tall.

The black cumin fruit has numerous seeds which are used as spice, sometimes as a replacement for original black cumin Bunium bulbocastanum. These two plants are both called 'black cumin' on account of their seeds.


  1. BSBI List 2007. Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland.

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