Nicotiana alata
Nicotiana alata

Nicotiana alata

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SKU: S76795
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Quick Facts
Common Name: Tobacco Flower
Hardiness Zone: 1-13S/W Exposure: Sun to Part Shade
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Blooms In: Jul-Oct
Height: 36-40" Spacing: 15-18"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: 1 PINT 28.86 CU IN.
Fragrance: Yes
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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.




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Second time is a charm

A viewer from Brooklyn, NY

The first batch of three Nicotianas arrived in pieces, so I contacted White Flower Farms and they recent three more, larger plants. The two plants that got full sun did really well and bloomed for months. The partial shade plant never bloomed.

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A viewer from Oregon

The Nicotiana alata arrived looking stunted and diseased, with scarred leaves. I'm hoping it is only something like aphid damage, that it will grow out of. I suspect it was aphids because the newest growth on the other plant also looks damaged and has the same black stuff on it. (The rest of the Datura looks terrific.)
This nursery would never have sent me a plant like that in the past. I'm crossing my fingers but I will not be rushing to buy another.

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Mixed bag!

Sandra Tatsuno from MA

Bought several of these 2 years ago to include in my scented moon garden. Finally, I thought, I had found the true species, not the scentless hyrids sold at my local nurseries. They arrived healthy and in perfect condition. Within weeks they took off, simply gorgeous! My great disappointment came when I found them to be totally scentless, not even a hint of scent on the warmest of evenings. Can't understand it, as other buyers describe a heavenly scent! Tried the sylvestris and again, no scent! I have a keen sense of smell, so not sure what the problem is! Will try again this year, as the plants are truly lovely and so hardy!

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not thrillers...

XXX from YYY

I bought these because they were white, and White Flower Farm had very little available in white at the time. The individual blossoms were pretty. But they didn't last and needed to be pulled off, and the plants never really made it on their own. Not that they died, but they remained kind of skimpy and lost...

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thank you

LM from Chicago

For years I wasn't a fan of Nicotiana but decided to give it a try given
that it's white and has fragrance. What a wonderful choice that was.
Every evening the scent filled my small backyard with a wonderful fragrance.
It bloomed most of the summer and is still blooming. Just lovely when you
plant several in a group. Flourished!

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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.

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