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Nicotiana sylvestris is a tall, stately, tobacco plant with elegant, long, white trumpet flowers. A fantastic cutting and border flower with lovely night scent – a long-standing top favourite. Good for sun or shade.

Please note: This is harmful if eaten.

Genus Nicotiana sylvestris
Variety Only the Lonely
Type Half-Hardy Annual
Common Name Tobacco Plant, Tobacco Flower
Border Position Back
Soil Type Fertile, Neutral
Scent Scented
Site Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Well-drained, Moist but Well-drained
Height 1.2-1.5m (47-59in)
Spacing Plant 45cm (18in) apart.
Sowing, Seeds, Planting Sow under cover in mid spring. Do not cover seed. Plant out after last frosts. Can be direct sown in early May.
Care Tips Picking the flowers will encourage lateral growth and prolong flowering. Can be grown in a container pot.
Flowering June - first frosts, 12 weeks from sowing.
Vase Life Last 7-10 days in water, give them a good drink before arranging and remove fading flowers.
Harvesting Flower production: 4 months.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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