Nicotiana is a tropical genus that has Tobacco as its most infamous member, but all of the 70-odd species are fragrant in flower or leaf, or both. Their pale, luminous flowers, often open in the evening, have attracted a lot of attention from hybridizers who have interbred species until it's hard to know what you've got. For our money, the best form is still the species N. alata (often called Jasmine Tobacco) which produces tall, graceful stems of pale, nodding flowers with starry faces. Its soft, sweet perfume peaks at dusk on warm nights, attracting exotic pollinators and domestic gardeners to its calming presence. Bloom starts in July and continues into fall in a protected spot. These 3–4′ plants stand up to rough weather without staking and are not fussy about soil. A half day of sun is plenty, which makes it easy to tuck them in near a door or window and enjoy their perfume indoors. Perennial in Zone 10.
For more information on growing Nicotiana, click Growing Guide.
HOW PLANTS ARE SHIPPED
The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.
WHEN WE SHIP
We ship our bulbs and plants at the right time for planting in your area, except as noted, with orders dispatched on a first-come, first-served basis by climate zone. Estimated dates for shipping are indicated in the Shipping Details box for each item. Please refer to the Shipping Details box to determine the earliest shipping time. Unless you specify otherwise, fertilizers, tools, and other non-plant items are shipped with your plants or bulbs. Please supply a street address for delivery. Kindly contact us with two weeks notice, if you'll be away at expected time of delivery.
We guarantee to ship plants that are in prime condition for growing. If your order is damaged or fails to meet your expectations, we will cheerfully replace or refund it. Please contact our Customer Service Department at 1-800-503-9624 or email us at [email protected]. Please include your order number or customer number when contacting us.
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Deborah from Victor NY
Two years ago I planted 2 Nicotina in the garden near my front porch in Kalamazoo MI, zone 5-6. The fragrance that wafted through the air in the evening was just heavenly. Although they are sold as annuals in MI, much to to my surprise they sprouted last year and were even my gorgeous than they had been the year before!!
Squirrel Whisperer from Dumont, NJ
These plants grow large and full, very long-flowering (June into November!), fragrant, happy. They make us smile contentedly each time we see them below the deck and/or catch their scent.
Bayoz from Nehalem, Oregon
This is the finest example of Nicotiana I have ever had in my garden. Excellent quality and despite the information that it is an annual for my zone, these plants are putting out shoots this spring and I am in a Zone 8. I highly recommend.
Laura from West Hartford, CT
I have ordered these plants for my garden and for several friends as gifts. The plants I have ordered from White Flower Farm are much healthier and larger then what I have purchased at local nurseries. At night their scent is very pleasant.
Latin Name Pronunciation: nih-ko-she-ay'nuh
A tropical genus that has Tobacco as its most widely known member, but all the 70-odd species are fragrant in flower or leaf, or both. Their pale, luminous flowers often open in the evening, so tuck plants in near a door or window to get their Jasmine-like perfume indoors. Give them full sun or partial shade, and grow in well-drained soil enriched with organic matter, such as compost or peat moss.
For information on planting and care of annuals, click here.