Nicotiana commonly known as Tobacco plant, Flowering tobacco, Woodland tobacco, Tree tobacco are erect annuals, biennials, perennials and semi evergreen shrubs from Australia, North America and tropical South America. They grow on mountain slopes and valley floors, often in moist soils. The flowers are tubular or trumpet shaped, highly fragrant, sweet scented and flowers over a long period in summer and sometimes in autumn. The blooms usually open only in the early evening and at night; flowers of some cultivars remain open during the day if planted in partial shade. These popular evening bloomers are visited by hawkmoths and other pollinators. Self sows.
USES: Beds, Mixed border, Semi wild gardens, Hummingbird and Butterfly gardens, Cottage gardens, Window boxes, Patio, Containers, Deck, Sidewalk
Botanical Name: Nicotiana sylvestris White Shooting Stars
Common Name: Flowering Tobacco, Waldtabak, Bergtabak, Tabaksamen
Type: Thick stemmed, short lived Perennial grown as an Annual
Flower Color: Highly fragrant, trumpet shaped, clusters of white flowers 3 ½ in. (9cm) long. Flowers close in full sun. Scent is strongest at night.
Foliage: Dark green leaves up to 36 in. (90cm)
Flowering Time: Summer to Fall
Plant Height: up to 5 ft. (1.5m)
Plant Width: up to 24 in. (60cm)
Light Requirements: Full sun to Partial shade
Water Requirements: Moist
Soil Requirements: Well drained, fertile soil
USDA Zone: 10-11 (can be overwintered outdoors where temperatures only occasionally fall to 23°F / - 5°C. They will resprout from rootstocks the following spring. Provide a dry winter mulch)
AHS Heat Zone: 12-1
Sowing Instructions (Cliff Notes Version): Surface sow indoors 8-10 weeks before the last frost date at 64°F (18°C).
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