Flowering Tobacco Nicotiana Alata is a perennial native to South America from southern Brazil to northeastern Argentina. Flowering Tobacco seeds are easy to germinate, and also known as Jasmine Tobacco, Ornamental Tobacco, or Winged Tobacco, Nicotiana Alata is a somewhat spindly plant that typically grows 3-5 feet tall and features foliage with 12 inches long, basal leaves that are attached by distinctive winged petioles. Flowering Tobacco blooms repeatedly with fragrant, tubular flowers all summer and fall long and when night falls, the blooms of flowering tobacco grow more fragrant. Hummingbirds like its tubular-shaped flowers, which give them easy access to a meal of nectar.
Flowering Tobacco is a perennial, but it is usually grown as an annual. Jasmine Tobacco is great in flower beds, borders, rock gardens, containers, hanging baskets, and as site fragrant variety near a patio or deck. Nicotiana Alata seeds can be started directly outdoors, and Flowering Tobacco grows in any garden soil preferring full sun to partial shade. Ornamental Tobacco makes a fabulous cut flower.
Height: 36-48 Inches
Bloom Season: Summer/Fall
Environment: Sun/Partial Shade
Soil Type: Rich/Average/Dry/Moist well-drained, pH 6.1-7.8
USDA Zones: 10-11 (As Perennial) All Regions of North America (As Annual)
Sow Indoors: Winter/Spring (4-6 weeks before last frost)
Sow Outdoors: Spring
Seed Depth: Surface sowing - press seeds slightly into the soil
Germination Time: 14-21 Days