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Nicotiana alata 'Crimson Bedder'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nicotiana (nih-ko-she-AH-na) (Info)
Species: alata (a-LAY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Crimson Bedder

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Scarlet (Dark Red)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Flowers are good for cutting
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; direct sow after last frost

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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive timber2680 On Apr 19, 2010, timber2680 from Redwood City, CA wrote:

I love this nicotiana! Here in the Bay Area, its one of the first plants in my garden to go into flower in late winter/early spring. It also self sows, so I always seem to have a nice patch of these beautiful plants! I have it growing in morning sun, afternoon shade, and it does great! Snails love it, so bait well!

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 12, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Petal textures are often compared to rich fabrics. These trumpet-shaped petals can only be described as being made of ruby velvet. Blooming on graceful, many branched stems they continue to bloom well all season until hard freezes. Self sows.

Annual; 2-3 ft tall
Seed to bloom: 10-12 wks
Color: Ruby
Full sun to partial shade
Soil: Rich, moist, well-drained
Hardiness: HHA



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

Citrus Heights, California
Redwood City, California
Richmond, California
Barbourville, Kentucky
Lima, Ohio
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Reston, Virginia

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