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Ornamental Tobacco

Nicotiana alata

Also known as

Jasmine Tobacco, Winged Tobacco, Persian Tobacco, Flowering Tobacco, Sweet Tobacco, Tobacco plant

Nicotiana alata1By Carl E Lewis by Carl E Lewis (CC BY 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate care
Moderate watering
Tender

H2

RHS hardiness

1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

50cm

1m

Min

10cm

3 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

More images of Ornamental Tobacco

A close up of some white Nicotiana alata flowers
A close up of some white Nicotiana alata flowers
A close up of some green Nicotiana alata leaves
A close up of some green Nicotiana alata leaves

Ornamental Tobacco Overview

Nicotiana alata is a short-lived perennial species which is commonly grown as an annual. It forms a rosette of textured, wavy-margined spoon to oval-shaped leaves. The leaves grow to a length of approximately 25cm and this species produces pretty, tubular green-yellow to white flowers. These are highly scented, particularly at night. Flowers are produced on triangular raceme structures. This is a form of unbranched inflorescence where the oldest flowers are formed at the base and new blooms from the tip as the plant grows.

Common problems with Ornamental Tobacco

How to propagate Ornamental Tobacco

Seed

Sow seed on surface, requires light to germinate. Optimal temperature is around 18 degrees Celsius.

Special features of Ornamental Tobacco

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Ornamental Tobacco

Fragrance, border. Leaves are poisonous if eaten.