Sweetly scented old-fashioned Nicotiana grows into 3 to 4 foot, broad leafed plants with graceful sprays of white tubular blossoms. Their sultry jasmine perfume drifts through the air in the late afternoon and evening. These exotic tropical looking South American natives can handle both heat and humidity as well as cooler conditions. You’ll find their nostalgic grace and wafting fragrance a joy to be near in the moonlight.
PERENNIAL GROWN AS ANNUAL
Can handle light frost
TO START EARLY INDOORS
Start seed indoors 6 to 8 weeks before last spring frost date. Sow seeds as thinly as possible in a container of seed starting mix and cover very lightly. Keep moist but not soggy, and provide a strong light source until seedlings are ready to plant outdoors after gradually acclimating to outdoor conditions. Thin or transplant seedlings 1 1/2 to 2 feet apart to allow room to grow.
Nicotiana grows well in sun but can tolerate shade, especially during the afternoon. In mild areas, plants will winter over; cut back in fall for spring regrowth and early bloom. Plant them with other showy annuals like cosmos or cleome for an old-fashioned country garden.