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Nicotiana sylvestris/Flowering Tobacco

Nicotiana sylvestris / Nicotiana sylvestris
Low rosette of foliage before flower stems emerge
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Low rosette of foliage before flower stems emerge

A single stem of flowers emerging from a healthy rosette of foliage in early spring


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Scientific Name: Nicotiana sylvestris
Common Name: Flowering Tobacco
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Fruit color: White
Light Exposure: Sun, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: This is technically a short-lived perennial but is normally grown as an annual in most parts of the country. It produces tall stalks of fragrant, white, trumpet-shaped flowers. The clump of foliage is quite attractive itself prior to the appearance of flowers. Leaves are covered with short, fine, sticky hairs. Remove old, spent flowers to encourage repeat blooming for a long period during the warm months of the year. Fertilize plants several times during the growing season with a complete, water soluble fertilizer. This is a great plant for the night garden because of the brilliant white flowers that show up well under artificial light, but more importantly, the nighttime fragrance of flowering tobacco flowers is outstanding. Plants are tall and stately in the garden as individual specimens and in clumps. Be sure to provide a well drained soil, preferably in a raised bed. There are some disease problems with flowering tobacco.