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.
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.
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 Long Beach, California Carmel, Indiana Parkway Village, Kentucky Prospect, Kentucky Florence, Mississippi Denville, New Jersey Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania Vancouver, Washington