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Tobacco Plant

Nicotiana spp.

Also known as


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Full Sun
Easy care
Frequent watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a strong fragrance

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Tobacco Plant Overview

This is a genus of about 67 species of erect annuals, biennials, perennials and shrubs. The plants have alternate, oblong, hairy leaves. The flowers are tubular to trumpet-shaped. Some species flowers are only open at night, but most commercial species flowers remain open in full sunlight. The species vary in size and can range from 0.6m to 3m in height. Most commercially available species are bedding plants that grow up to 1.5m in height and are grown as annuals. Nicotiana is planted for its flowers and fragrance. Cigarettes are made from N. tabacum.

Common problems with Tobacco Plant

Susceptible to Aphids, Leaf Beetles and some moth caterpillars, depending on location. Nicotiana spp. are also prone to grey mould.

Tobacco Plant Companion Plants

Upright nicotiana combines well with mound-forming flowers like portulaca or lobelia.

How to harvest Tobacco Plant

The flowers make good cut flowers and have a good vase life. Harvest in the flowering season, summer into autumn.

How to propagate Tobacco Plant


Surface sow seeds in spring, germination takes 2 to 3 weeks.


Semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Special features of Tobacco Plant

Pot plant

The smaller species can be grown in pots.

Attracts birds

Attracts nectar-loving birds like sugarbirds.

Other uses of Tobacco Plant


Cultivated as ornamental garden plants.

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