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Nicotiana langsdorfii

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nicotiana (nih-ko-she-AH-na) (Info)
Species: langsdorfii (langs-dorf-ee-eye) (Info)

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Blooms all year


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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4 positives
2 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral coriaceous On Jul 24, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This is not hardy here, but it's one of the most reliable of self-sowing annuals.

The open light structure and delicate lime-green bells are very attractive in early summer, but need regular pruning/deadheading to keep the brown seedpods from dominating the plant visually in late summer. Or you can just consider their season over then and yank them.

The coarse foliage is mostly basal.

My rating reflects my ambivalence about this plant---I like the way it looks when it begins to bloom, but I dislike its untidy late-season appearance.

Positive billyvanbakker On Jul 23, 2014, billyvanbakker from Yonkers, NY wrote:

Love this tobacco. Came back from thick underground roots for me, as well as many seeds from last year. Zone 6b NY.

Positive LilyLover_UT On Jan 19, 2005, LilyLover_UT from Ogden, UT (Zone 5b) wrote:

These understated, chartreuse green flowers look nice with more brightly colored flowers. Nicotiana langsdorffii attracts hummingbirds in my garden.

Positive Happenstance On Jun 16, 2004, Happenstance from Northern California, CA wrote:

This wonderful Nicotiana is perennial in 9b. Does better in dappled shade because of our extreme heat and wind.

Positive Ayre007 On Jul 25, 2002, Ayre007 wrote:

This plant grows well on the west side of my house. It likes lots of heat, sun, and humidity- like its native land. Wanted to add that I have read (and the little tag that came with the starter I bought at a very impressive nursery here in Portland) says that all parts of the tobacco plant are toxic and should not be ingested! It's also nice because the Native Americans use Tobacco as an offering to the Great Spirits. After I do my clippings I put them right back into the garden as a offering of gratitude for our Earth.

Neutral talinum On Aug 20, 2001, talinum from Kearney, NE (Zone 5a) wrote:

Erect and branching stems that produce masses of fine, tubular lime-green flowers during the summer months. The panicles of greenish flowers hang upside-down. It may reseed even though the seeds are extremely small. Foliage feels somewhat tacky.
Grows 3-5' tall.

Native to Brazil


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Golden Valley, Arizona
Alameda, California
Calistoga, California
Clayton, California
Richmond, California
Soquel, California
Barbourville, Kentucky
New Orleans, Louisiana
Opelousas, Louisiana
Roslindale, Massachusetts
Clinton, Montana
Yonkers, New York
Dover, Ohio
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Logan, Utah
Ogden, Utah
Sammamish, Washington

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