Jasmine tobacco

Nicotiana alata and cvs.

Nicotiana alata

Photo/Illustration: 
Courtesy of White Flower Farm
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Jasmine tobacco (Nicotiana alata and cvs.)
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Synonyms:  Nicotiana affinis
Genus:  Nicotiana

This short nicotiana bears fragrant, flat, star-like flowers in many colors: crimson, purple, wine, rose, pink, lime green, and white. It is a day-bloomer with uniform size and compact habit. Cultivars vary in height: from 'Domino' (12 inches),  'Nicki' (20 inches), and 'Sensation' (36 inches), up to 'Grandiflora' (48 inches), as well as flower color and foliage. Blooms face upward or horizontally and remain open in full sun.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Ideal as a summer bedding annual. Foliage may irritate skin.

Care: 

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun or part shade. Taller cultivars may need staking. Provide a dry winter mulch where hardy.

Propagation: 

From surface-sown seed in midspring.

Problems: 

Mosaic, vein banding, etch, and ringspot viruses. Stem rot, stalk rot, downy mildew, damping off, root rot. Aphids, caterpillars, leaf miners, and spider mites.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Characteristics
Attracts Hummingbirds,
Fragrant Flowers
Bloom Time
Fall,
Summer
Flower Color
Greenery,
Pink Yarrow,
Niagara,
Red,
White
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Suitable as Annual
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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