Tobacco plant

Nicotiana mutabilis

Tobacco plant - Nicotiana mutabilis

Common Name: Tobacco plant
Genus: Nicotiana
Species: mutabilis

Category: Annuals & Biennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Long flowering period

Hardiness: Half-HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 0.75 m (75 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Pink, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained


  • Other Features: contact with the foliage may cause skin irritation

Often grown as a perennial in warmer climates in the UK it should be treated as an annual in your summer bedding display. The small flowers appear in early summer, a creamy white and gradually fade to pink and darken as they mature to a deeper rose. As you will usually have young and old flowers on the plant at the same time it creates a glorious multi-coloured effect.

  • Garden care: Keep the soil or compost moist by watering regularly during dry spells and feed with a balanced fertiliser every fourteen days. Although usually grown as an annual, plants that are protected with a dry mulch may survive mild winters where temperatures only occasionally fall below -5°C (23°F)

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