Nicotiana sylvestris 'Only the Lonely'

Nicotiana sylvestris is a tall, stately, tobacco plant with elegant, long, white trumpet flowers. More
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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 Moist but Well-drained, 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 July - October
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
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  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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Nicotiana sylvestris 'Only the Lonely' reviews

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Reviewed 25th November 2018 by Pamela

beautiful huge plants, it is late autumn and they have flowered all summer and a couple are still hanging on despite frosts, will definitely be ordering again

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Julia

Well rooted plants which grew well. They paused in the very hot weather but grew well when temperatures became mormal and flowered for a long time - only just cut back in mid November. Beautiful fragrance and startling white tall flowers

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Reviewed 21st November 2018 by Patricia

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Reviewed 18th November 2018 by Joan

Flower combinations inspirational - all received in excellent condition. Something a little different - provides all my favourite flowers and more besides - with style and taste!

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Elizabeth

The service was everything ypu said it would be

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Glenny

These grew enormous! and flowered through to mid October- magnificent

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Ruth

They have been wonderful. All the seedling survived the drought, and have only just stopped flowering. The perfume in the evenings has been exceptional and attracted lots of moths. Hoping the seed I have collected is viable.

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Reviewed 14th November 2018 by Ann

They were packaged very well.
They were wonderful plants, flowered beautifully and smelt lovely. A success.

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Reviewed 13th November 2018 by C Payne-Johnson

Some still to flower but good growth

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Reviewed 8th November 2018 by James

all leaves and stalk just the odd head of flowers, wouldnt buy again

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Reviewed 8th November 2018 by Gill

All of these seedlings have been successful and I have had endless flowers all summer. The Nicotiana and Verbena are still flowering now. 1000% success rate.

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Pat

I have bought many things from Sarah Raven and am more than happy with the service you provide. The plants are always well packed and healthy on arrival and I like having the planting/care instructions. It was the first time I’d grown nicotiana which are fascinating - very statuesque, huge leaves and gorgeous smelling flower heads. Really loved them.

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Alan

Prolific & long lasting
Only just pulled up the last one

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Reviewed 7th November 2018 by Dave

Stunning N.sylvestris Only the Lonely

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Reviewed 2nd November 2018 by Paula

Bought as seedlings in May and was late in getting them in - not til late June. They then had a slow start due to the very hot, dry summer, but soldiered on and exploded with growth from early August; its now November and 3 frosts later are still flowering and look magnificent. They need plenty of room, as leaves are huge! I grouped them with N.Whisper which is a shorter variety; they are a lovely combination and would like to grow again.

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Reviewed 31st October 2018 by Tina

Very healthy seedlings- but some grew magnificently [still in flower!] and some did not- not even flowering. A bit of a mixed bag this year. Love the ones that performed.

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Reviewed 14th October 2018 by Susan

These were strong seedlings with a good root system.However upon planting within days the slugs had made light work munching their way through the young leaves. I was so disheartened.I had more or less thought that was the end of my Nicotiana which I'd planted in a new tropical style border.Much to my amazement the plants recovered and are going stronger than ever! Along with that beautiful night scent they are standing at least three feet tall and the flowers look fabulous.I am sure their recovery was down to the quality of the plants, Delighted!

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by Linda

These plants grew into fine, large specimens.

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Reviewed 11th October 2018 by Pamela

didn't grow at all- I have an automatic watering system so didn't dry out> have no idea why

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by Julia

Love these plants and have grown them for years. Great for back of the border and large pots. Seed themselves in a good year, due to hot summer the rogue seedlings are just coming into flower now! These were nice strong plants, and as always well packaged and arrive in good condition.

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Reviewed 20th September 2018 by Pauline

Grew like triffids! very strong sturdy plants.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Eileen

They’ve been fantastic this year

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Caryl

Sturdy, healthy seedlings arrived very well packed. Potted on into 3 inch pots and kept in cold green house until the roots showed through the drainage holes. I then planted all my young plants into large decorative pots around the garden. Planting out into large pots protects my precious plants from the rampaging Whippet, Nuala and her partner in crime, Gizmo, the trail hound. An added bonus was to discover more than one seedling in each module when teasing them out, a win, win situation. All the plants are still going strong. I would recommend staking these tall plants.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Rebecca

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Peter

Forgot how sticky the leaves and stem get ! gave me several months of lovely looking white flowers. One on my list for next year.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Hilary

Perfect condition. Great plants.

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Katie

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Jennifer

Excellent, seeds grew into strong, healthy plants

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Fiona

Loved these! Really dramatic addition to the border. Long flowering even in Yorkshire!

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Reviewed 19th September 2018 by Sally

Not the best performance and possibly affected by the drought but flowers have only just appeared. Disappointed.

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Reviewed 15th September 2018 by Judy

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Carolyn

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Reviewed 12th September 2018 by Sally

This is the second year I have had these and last year they were brilliant but this year they have failed to grow and produce flowers despite watering in the dry weather. I am very disappointed with them

Beautiful and different

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Reviewed 7th September 2018 by Elizabeth Cropper

Bought these as plug plant and didnt get round to planting till much later. They have done really well in our exposed back garden think weather conditions have just suited them this year, hot. We havent had as much wind as usual till now but they seem to be standing up to it well. Really glad I bought them.

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Reviewed 7th September 2018 by Mrs Gimson

They didn’t flower at all and were without stalks. The plants look healthy otherwise. As they are an annual I anticipate they won’t overwinter to flower next year. The plugs were very tiny when I received them.

Reply from the Sarah Raven Team:

"Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear of your disappointment with your Nicotiana and have refunded you for them."

Posted 7th November 2018

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Reviewed 6th September 2018 by Helene

Excellent plant, very resilient.
Major problem with delivery (see "Cranberry Click" comment).

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Reviewed 3rd September 2018 by Jayne

Only 3produced flowers so far

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Reviewed 2nd September 2018 by John

I've had these for more than ten years. Excellent late summer ,back of border and the view from first floor window when dotted about.

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Marilyn

I have been very pleased with these.

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Pamela

Fantastic! I’ve tried these many times from seed without successs. These plants have been wonderful!

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Reviewed 29th August 2018 by Linda

Nicotiana Sylvestris

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Reviewed 26th August 2018 by Mrs Susan Bentley

This season I bought some Nicotiana Sylvestris seedlings to add to a new border in which I had planted tropical style plants. Within days the slugs had munched their way through the leaves leaving very little of the seedlings remaining. I was so disheartened.These little pests had wiped out my display! Or so I thought. I gave this border priority with watering during the drought as it was new and thought no more of my seedlings.Gradually though they recovered and I cannot believe the size they have now become! The leaves are enormous and the foliage lush and green. Today I have the first flower. I am over the moon and put it down to the healthy plants that they were and strong root system. Thank you.