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More Information About Nicotiana

Nicotiana is a South American genus of plants containing at least 55 species that are related to petunias, tomatoes, and potatoes. Nicotiana is best known as the genus of tobacco, which is actually several different species including Nicotiana tabacum.

A few Nicotiana species are attractive ornamental plants with colorful flowers in shades of white, yellow and pink. In the evening, Nicotiana flowers have a sweet fragrance that attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Nicotiana leaves are also fragrant when bruised and quite sticky to the touch.

Nicotiana prefers to be grown in full sun and in soil with average fertility. It prefers consistent moisture when young, but once established, is drought tolerant. Nicotiana is usually grown as an annual, but we have made available some of the little known perennial varieties. Like all tobacco species, ornamental nicotiana leaves are highly poisonous so they are deer-resistant. Don't eat them and don't smoke them. When you are ready to buy nicotiana for your perennial garden, we hope you'll check out our online offering of nicotiana for sale.