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Nicotiana alata

Tobacco plant

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Key information

Plant type

Half-hardy annual

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


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Plant details

This species is a vigorous but short-lived tender perennial. It has broad, spoon-shaped leaves and generous stems of large, funnel-shaped, white flowers whose petal backs are greenish in colour. During the day the blooms wilt, but from early evening onwards, they perk up and emit a seductive fragrance. This plant prefers a sunny or partially shaded position with fertile, well-drained soil.

Family: Solanaceae

Genus: Nicotiana

Species: alata

Plant type: Half-hardy annual

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 150cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: February to March

Flowering period: July to September

Reader reviews


I thought the flwers were so pretty when I got my two small tobacco plants, but now I am wondering if they will survive the winter if I put them in an immovable pot. Please help!

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