(Solanaceae - Nightshade Family)
- medium- to large-sized herbaceous annual
- maturing at 1'-3' tall by 8"-18" wide, depending upon cultivar
- upright oval growth habit
- full sun to partial sun
- prefers moist, well drained soils of average fertility in full sun, but is adaptable to dry soils once established (although wilting of the foliage may occur)
- propagated by seeds
- Nightshade Family, with several minor cosmetic disease and pest problems, usually of ornamental insignificance
- commonly available in flats or seed packets
- 6"-12" long for the basal rosette of leaves, with smaller leaves in an alternate fashion progressing up the flowering stalk
- medium green, ovate, thick, slightly wavy to crinkled, very pubescent and sticky, and scented when bruised
- solid colors of pink, red, lavender, lime, yellow, and creamy-white
- flowers are on thin pedicels, in terminal and lateral open inflorescences, with a long thin corolla tube beneath the fused five petals of the spreading corolla
- flowers have a slight fragrance, enhanced at the time of evening dew
- ornamentally insignificant seed capsules
- ID Summary
- basal rosette of large, ovate, pubescent, pungent leaves beneath a much-branched vertical flowering stalk, having five-petaled, tubular, slightly fragrant flowers in solid shades of pink, red, lime, and white
- upright annual for beds, borders, planters, and entranceways
- medium to bold texture, depending upon mature size
- thick to average density, depending upon mature size
- Summer-long blossoms of solid colors (including lime) with a subtle fragrance
- heat and drought tolerant
- larger cultivars (now hard to obtain) sometimes display flowers in a downward-facing position
- annual that is killed with early frosts
- native to Brazil
- annuals with slightly fragrant or scented flowers (Lobularia maritima, Petunia x hybrida, Tagetes patula, etc.)
- annuals for sunny spots with a vertical growth habit, for middle- or back-of-the-bed position (Cleome hasslerana, Cosmos, Salvia splendens, Tagetes erecta, etc.)
- several series (usually sold in mixed colors) or individual cultivars exist, bred for compactness, floral color, and earliness to bloom
- Nicotiana alata 'Domino Series' - to 1' tall, in many floral
- Nicotiana alata 'Nicki Series' - to 2' tall, in many floral colors
- Nicotiana is named after Jean Nicot, a 16th century Frenchman who introduced the tobacco plant (Nicotiana tabacum) to France.
- alata translates as "winged", referring to the petioles of the species form having lateral extensions, which is less obvious in the compact modern cultivars.
- Flowering Tobacco is a vertical annual with an array of solid-colored flowers, with modern cultivars much more compact and densely flowering that the species form.
- Nicotiana alata is known as a heat-tolerant, vividly-flowering upright annual, with solid-colored inflorescences in shades of red, pink, lavendar, white, yellow, and lime.
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