Ornamental Tobacco

Nicotiana alata

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Some white Nicotiana alata flowers in a garden
profile iconNicotiana alata1By Carl E Lewis
by Carl E Lewis (CC BY 2.0)
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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.

Planning

Difficulty

Moderate

Flowering time

Summer

Propagation

Seed

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

Special features

Attractive flowers

Special features

Origin

Brazil, South America.

Environment

Light

Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Clay, Sand, Loam

Soil PH preference

Acid, Neutral, Alkaline

Frost hardiness

Tender

Personality

Family

Solanaceae

Flower colour

Yellow, White

Scent

Strong