(Nicotiana alata) Nicotiana is a fragrant annual flower that is a member of the tobacco family. The tall plants produce long trumpet flowers, which emit a heavenly fragrance. The showy flowers are also very attractive to butterflies and other pollinators. The plants are frost sensitive and prefer full sun, though in southern locales a bit of afternoon shade is ideal. Provide well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter, and keep nicotiana well fed. Seeds germinate in 7 to 21 days. Start indoors 6 to 8 weeks before the last frost and transplant 2 weeks after the last frost has passed. Gardeners in long-season areas can direct sow 2 weeks after the last frost. Surface sow seeds and gently press into soil, as light aids germination. Ideal germination temperature is 70-75 degrees F. CAUTION: Nicotiana is poisonous.
Annual. Nicotianas were popular with many early Americans, including Thomas Jefferson. This tall variety produces flowers that open in the day. Colors in this mix are pink, red, lavender, rose, and white. Easy to grow!
Caution: All tobacco is poisonous.
- Full Sun
- Sprouts in 10-21 Days
- Seed Depth: Surface Sow
- Ideal Temperature: 70-75 F
- Plant Spacing: 12-14"
- Frost Hardy: No
- Nicotiana alata
Growing Tips: For transplants, surface sow indoors in early spring indoors. Direct sow outdoors after last spring frost. Plants require full sun, rich soil, and moderate moisture. CAUTION: Poisonous