Life Cycle: Tender perennial.
Native Growing Region: Northwestern Argentina
Zone: Winter hardy USDA 7 to 10
Bloom Time: Depending on the weather, sometimes from June until frost.
Flower: Showy clusters of pendant white flowers that look like a burst of fireworks. Most fragrant in the evening.
Foliage: Dramatic. Huge chartreuse to green leaves. Larger in the shade.
Maintenance: Low. Easy, "throw and grow."
Description: Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM) The stems and root systems are strong enough that the plants can lean at severe angles without requiring a stake, some say, but this 5 footer is living with a stake.
Tolerates: Shaw Island deer!
Garden uses: Good for fresh flower arrangements. Use in masses at the back of the annual or mixed border as a stunning backdrop for smaller plants, as a tall accent plant, or in a large mixed container. It is right at home in a cottage garden and is a natural for a moon garden.
Notes: This species self-seeds readily but the seedlings are easy to identify and pull if unwanted. Volunteer plants not a problem in cold climates. Thrives in all types of soils with moderate moisture but prefers rich soils.
The genus name honors Jean Nicot (1530-1600) the French ambassador to
Lisbon who introduced tobacco to France. The specific epithet means forest-loving.
Uses: Cultivated as an ornamental plant. All parts of Nicotiana sylvestris can cause discomfort or irritation if consumed, according to Wikipedia.
Sowing: It is easily grown from seed, either sown indoors 6-8 weeks before the last frost or sown directly in the garden after the last frost. Surface sow the seeds and barely cover, as they need light to germinate. Germination should take place between 1.5-3 weeks.
Coming into her first year of being harvested
& packed for sale at the
Gatehouse, Squaw Bay Road,
Shaw Island, WA.