Herbs & Plants

Nicotiana Sylvestris (Flowering tobacco)

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Botanical Name:Nicotiana sylvestris
Family: Solanaceae
Kingdom: Plantae
Order: Solanales
Genus: Nicotiana
Species: N. sylvestris

Habitat:Native to South America, but sometimes grown in gardens for its coarse form and strongly scented flowers.

This imposing half hardy annual seed has stout spikes bearing a cascading head of fragrant 3½in long white blooms. It grows to a height of 90-120cm (36-48in) making it an excellent subject for the border. Occasionally a short lived perennial in a warm sheltered site. Flowers summer to autumn. Height 90-120cm (36-48in).
The leaves are simple, with the blade partially surrounding the stem. Flowers are tubular, white, borne in large clusters above the foliage.

This plant is thought to be one of the parents of Nicotiana tabacum, the basis of most modern tobacco production. It is usually combined with Nicotiana rustica to lower the strength of N. rustica’s tobacco.

It can be grown from seeds.When the leaves first form in spring they are a beautiful clean green colour, with patterns in the veins highlighted in the sun.

Later the flowers form as skinny long white trumpets and at dusk they perfume the air. Hopefully there are no strong winds to blow them down!Their seed pods start to form from January on, along with new flowers. The leaves retain their clean green appearance, though they get quite sticky, trapping flying insects. Apparently the leaves resemble commercial tobacco, to which Nicotiana Sylvestris is related.

Flowers: Mid Summer to Autumn
Position: Sun or part shade
Soil: Well drained
Height: 6 feet
Germination: Easy
Aftercare: Easy
Ideal for: Bedding, Border, Cottage Garden

Medicinal Uses:
A member of a large family of Nicotianas whose leaves are used in making prepartions taken by mouth to induce vomiting and diarrhea, to relieve pain and to sedate. Preparations are used externally as a poultice in the treatment of joint swelling from arthritis, of skin diseases and of insect bites. Nicotine is a very effective biodegradable insecticide.

Harmful if eaten.

Disclaimer:The information presented herein is intended for educational purposes only. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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