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Common Name: Tree Tobacco
Nicotiana glauca is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 3.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
All parts of the plant are poisonous[
S. America - S. Bolivia to N. Argentina. Naturalized in the Mediterranean.
Rocks, walls and roadsides in the Mediterranean[
Prefers a well-drained deep rich moist soil in a sunny position[
This species is hardy to about -5°c[
]. Plants can survive the winter outdoors in the milder parts of Britain, though they usually act as herbaceous perennials in such conditions[
Plants require more than 14 hours daylight per day in order to induce flowering[
The leaves have been made into a drink[
]. Some care should be exercised here. The tea will contain nicotine and this can be toxic to the body.
A poultice of the leaves can be applied to cuts, bruises, swellings and other wounds[
]. The plant has been used as a poultice for removing the pus from scrofulous sores or boils[
]. A poultice of the leaves has been applied to inflamed throat glands[
An infusion of the leaves has been used as a steam bath in the treatment of rheumatism[
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.