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Common Name: Tobacco
Nicotiana alata is a perennial plant that can grow up to 0.60 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a medicine..
All parts of the plant are poisonous[
S. America - S. Brazil to N. Argentina. Locally naturalized in C. Europe.
Prefers a well-drained deep rich moist soil in a sunny position[
Hardy to about -5°c[
], this plant is usually grown as an annual in Britain, flowering well in its first year, but it does survive mild winters outdoors[
A very ornamental plant[
], it has sweetly scented flowers that release most of their scent in the evening and attract moths[
Plant requires more than 14 hours daylight per day to induce flowering[
All parts of the plant contain nicotine, this has been extracted and used as an insecticide.
Seed - surface sow in a warm greenhouse about 10 weeks before the last expected spring frosts. The seed usually germinates in 10 - 20 days at 20°c. Keep the soil moist and pot up as soon as the plants are big enough to handle, planting them out after the last expected frosts.