Tobacco Flower, Tabakblom(Afr.)
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This is a genus of about 67 species of erect annuals, biennials, perennials and shrubs. The plants have alternate, oblong, hairy leaves. The flowers are tubular to trumpet-shaped. Some species flowers are only open at night, but most commercial species flowers remain open in full sunlight. The species vary in size and can range from 0.6m to 3m in height. Most commercially available species are bedding plants that grow up to 1,5m in height and are grown as annuals. Nicotiana is planted for its flowers and fragrance. Cigarettes are made from N. tabacum.
The flowers make good cut flowers and have a good vase life. Harvest in the flowering season, summer into autumn.
Surface sow seeds in spring, germination takes 2 to 3 weeks.
The smaller species can be grown in pots.
Attracts nectar-loving birds like sugarbirds.
America, North and South America, Australia
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Partial Sun
Soil PH preference
Cultivated as ornamental garden plants.
Purple, Cream, Green, White, Pink
Susceptible to Aphids, Leaf Beetles and some moth caterpillars, depending on location. Nicotiana spp. are also prone to grey mould.