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Nicotiana sylvestris is often confused with:
Nicotiana tabacum Nicotiana tabacum, N. alata
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Agastache 'TNAGAPO' Agastache 'TNAGAPO' Poquito Orange flowers
Leucanthemum vulgare Leucanthemum vulgare
Iberis umbellata Iberis umbellata

Nicotiana sylvestris

Phonetic Spelling
nih-ko-she-AH-na sil-VESS-triss
Description

A tender rosette-forming perennial that reseeds fairly easily and will naturalize in the landscape.  It does best in organically rich, consistently moist well-drained soil in the full sun and it will appreciate some partial shade in the south's hot afternoon sun.  Long-lasting tubular white flowers appear from June and last until the first frost.  Remove spent blooms to encourage flowering.  It provides color and intoxicating fragrance into lates summer when many other blooms fade.Its upright habit might require staking.  It works well in gardens where its showy blooms and sweet fragrance can be enjoyed like walkways, near patios or nighttime gardens.  Consider it also for borders, cottage gardens.  

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Apids and beetles can be occasional problems. Do not plant near other members of the nightshade family (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant etc.) because of the possible transmission of tobacco mosaic virus and other diseases.

Cultivars / Varieties:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#hummingbirds#butterflies#showy flowers#fragrant flowers#white flowers#wildlife plant#moths#cottage garden#long-lasting flowers#walkway#nighttime garden#night#late summer#naturalizes#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Nicotiana
    Species:
    sylvestris
    Family:
    Solanaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Argentina
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts hummingbirds, butterflies and moths.
    Play Value:
    Wildlife Food Source
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 2 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Maintenance:
    Low
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    10a, 10b, 11a, 11b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Long-lasting
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Flower Shape:
    Star
    Trumpet
    Tubular
    Flower Description:
    Blooms from June until the first frost with clusters of long tubular trumpet shaped white flowers that resemble shooting stars, hence the common name.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblong
    Spatulate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Long (up to 15") coarse spatulate to oblong leaves
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Patio
    Small Space
    Walkways
    Landscape Theme:
    Butterfly Garden
    Cottage Garden
    Nighttime Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Attracts:
    Butterflies
    Hummingbirds
    Moths
    Pollinators