February 4, 2023
Nicotiana sylvestris

Nicotiana sylvestris

Nicotiana sylvestris is also known as Nicotiana ‘White Trumpets’, Nicotiana sylvestris ‘Only the Lonely’, Flowering Tobacco, Woodland Tobacco Plant, or South American Tobacco Plant. It is part of the Solanaceae family of plants. It is a perennial plant. It is native to the Andes region in Argentina, Bolivia.

Nicotiana sylvestris grows to 1.5m or 5ft. It has simple leaves that are dark green. Leaves are formed as a rosette.

Nicotiana sylvestris flowers in the summer. Flowers appear on branched stems. Nicotiana sylvestris flowers are fragrant. It has a stronger scent at night. Flowers are tubular. They are white. Nicotiana sylvestris flowers on racemes above the foliage.

Nicotiana sylvestris
Nicotiana sylvestris

Nicotiana sylvestris is cultivated as an ornamental plant. It is a perennial. But in colder climates it is a half-hardy annual. It is hardy to a temperature of -5ºC or 23ºF. This plant can cause severe discomfort if consumed.

Grow Nicotiana sylvestris in the sun or partial shade. Plant in moist and fertile soil that is well-drained. Propagate Nicotiana sylvestris by seed. It does not require any pruning. Just cut off spent flowers. Watch out for leafhoppers, whitefly, or virus.

Nicotiana sylvestris
Nicotiana sylvestris at St. James’s Park in London, UK
Nicotiana sylvestris
Nicotiana sylvestris

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