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Nicotiana sylvestris AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Annual/Biennial or Bedding

Habit

Bushy

Fragrance

Flower

Toxicity

Ingestion may cause severe discomfort

Resilience

Hardiness

H2 (tender - cool or frost-free greenhouse)

Colour

Flower

White in Summer

Foliage

Dark Green in Spring and Summer

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

1-2 years


Preferred common name

flowering tobacco

Family

Solanaceae


Nicotiana can be annuals, biennials, perennials or shrubs, with simple, alternate leaves and tubular or salver-shaped, often fragrant flowers borne in racemes or panicles in summer or autumn

N. sylvestris is a branching, upright biennial to 1.5m, with a basal rosette of elliptic dark green leaves to 30cm in length, and a compact panicle of sweetly fragrant, salver-shaped white flowers to 9cm in length in summer

Synonym(s)

  • Nicotiana sylvestris 'Only the Lonely'

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade

Soil

  • Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Clay

Propagation

Propagate by seed

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden or Flower borders and beds


How to care

Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Can get leafhoppers and glasshouse whitefly

Diseases

May be subject to a virus