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Nicotiana alata 'Perfume Deep Purple'

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

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)
15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Flowers are fragrant
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:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; direct sow after last frost
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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2 positives
No neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative GardenQuilts On Nov 14, 2012, GardenQuilts from Pocono Mountains, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

It is a pretty plant, but it has no scent! I was very disappointed with this variety and won't grow it again.

Positive rabbitsdiner On Mar 21, 2011, rabbitsdiner from Carmel, IN wrote:

I grow this annual from seed. I have little talent for seed starting, but this always does wonderfully for me. It grows and blooms very quickly. The seeds are easy to harvest. The blooms have a gorgeous color. It tolerates exposure on all sides of my house. Nicotianas are usually safe from the deer and bunnies, but one year they ate most of the ones in my borders (including this variety) to the ground. They ignored it again last year however. It always looks fabulous in my urns. Don't count on daytime fragrance. Does smell lovely at night.

Positive annlof On Sep 25, 2010, annlof from Camarillo, CA wrote:

Yes, this plant DOES have a very subtle, appealing scent, noticable in the evening or at dawn. My one reservation about Perfume Deep Purple is that under midday sun, the flowers droop and look quite unattractive, even in cool weather. By late afternoon, however, they perk up, and by evening they are quite lovely again! The solution, I guess, would be to plant them in morning sun or the elusive "filtered shade" we all wish we had.

I started this plant from seed in January, planted out the plugs in early March, and the plants have been blooming almost nonstop ever since (it's now 9/25.) When individual scapes finish blooming, cut them back lightly and the plant will throw out new blooming stems. Nicotiana is considered a short-lived perennial in coastal Southern California. I experimented by cutting one plant down to the ground in early Sept. and a basal rosette of new foliage has already formed. My plants were in moist loamy soil and received sun from about 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. For non-stop bloom in part shade, it's hard to beat nicotiana.

Negative onewish1 On Sep 6, 2009, onewish1 from Denville, NJ (Zone 6b) wrote:

despite the name mine had no scent... grew to be a nice plant but giving it a negative because of lack of perfume


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

Camarillo, California
Citrus Heights, California
Long Beach, California
Carmel, Indiana
Louisville, Kentucky
Prospect, Kentucky
Florence, Mississippi
Denville, New Jersey
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania
Salt Lake City, Utah
Vancouver, Washington

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