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Nicotiana x sanderae 'Fragrant Cloud'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nicotiana (nih-ko-she-AH-na) (Info)
Species: x sanderae (SAN-der-ay) (Info)
Cultivar: Fragrant Cloud

9 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

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

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:
Unknown - Tell us

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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5 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive gourdobean On Feb 4, 2010, gourdobean from Minden, NV wrote:

I grew Nicotiana 'fragrant cloud' last summer and cut back and transplanted the plants into pots before the first hard frost. They have been in our sunny kitchen blooming like crazy since mid December. Their fragrance is truly wonderful and welcome each evening. Because I don't know if this plant is really toxic I wouldn't bring them in the house if you have kids or pets.

Positive Janina5309 On Aug 1, 2009, Janina5309 from Calgary
Canada wrote:

I love this plants. There are SO many great things about it! I started this from seed very easily (MUST have extremely well drained soil for seedlings, or they rot). I planted them in clay soil in full sun as well as part sun. They established very quickly, in about a week. I would consider them drought tolerant. They have an amazing lily-like fragrance (but not overpowering like some orientals). They are beautiful. But one of the best qualities of all, is that there leaves are a bit sticky, so they act as aphid catchers! At first I thought the aphids were breeding, then I realized that they were all dead. But not too sticky that they catch predator insects. I had just happened to plant these around my rose bush and near the hollyhock (my two main aphid breeding grounds), and so far they have no aphids on them, and it is midsummer! Will keep the seeds they will produce for next year and plant like crazy.

Positive Chantell On Apr 17, 2008, Chantell from Middle of, VA (Zone 7a) wrote:

I can't say enough about the scent of this Nicotiana!!! The evening scent is simply amazing!! These did well in full sun - growing in large pots. These do not have a "formal form" to them...would be great for naturalizing if they were planted directly in the ground. It appears that they have self seeded in a few areas - which personally, I'm thrilled with. 2 plants last year provided me with more then enough seeds for numerous trades but also for my self use this season (although it doesn't "appear" I'm going to need to start any with all that are coming up on their own). Did have a little issue with Japanese Beetles toward summer's end but other then that....NO complaints.

Positive renwings On Jul 28, 2006, renwings from Sultan, WA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Well, I am now in love with this plant! Such soft, large, fuzzy leaves! These plants fill in quickly and look charming and dainty in the border. They just glow at night and are so wonderfully fragrant. They REALLY stand up to the heat. Heat that has killed nasturtiums in my very well drained sandy soil hasn't even fazed nicotiana, they look even better than the black-eyed susans after a week of high 90's with no rain.. They just bloom and bloom and bloom.
I will be planting this year after year and saving seed! Since it is sometimes hard to find.

Positive berrygirl On May 13, 2005, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

I got this as a plant a few weeks ago and it has started blooming. Blooms are very pretty and the night-time fragrance is wonderful!

Neutral lupinelover On Jan 30, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Night scented.


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

Citrus Heights, California
Elk Grove, California
Merced, California
Braselton, Georgia
Hudson, New Hampshire
Roslyn Heights, New York
Fremont, Ohio
Massillon, Ohio
Youngstown, Ohio
Tyler, Texas
Stafford, Virginia
North Sultan, Washington

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