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Nicotiana mutabilis

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nicotiana (nih-ko-she-AH-na) (Info)
Species: mutabilis (mew-TAB-ill-iss) (Info)

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13 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Blooms all year


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
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
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive grik On Jul 28, 2014, grik from Saint Paul, MN wrote:

This plant is beautiful and the hummingbirds love it. The pastel flowers seem to just dance in the breeze high above the rosette of leaves. I grow this as an annual. It reseeds so once you have it you do not have to buy more. However, it does not take off until it gets consistently hot weather, so if you live in a cold zone like mine I recommend either starting some indoors or buying plants otherwise depending on the weather you don't see anything much until mid august.

Positive bigred On May 21, 2012, bigred from Ashdown, AR (Zone 8a) wrote:

I dumped pots out as dead from heat and drought of 2012 summer into a hole left by a huge oak that blew down and forgot about it. Early in the year I noticed the leaves as it emerged and it's just gotten bigger and better. A keeper in my beds. Not sure if I should call it a perennial just yet as we didn't have much winter.

Positive robcorreia On Mar 14, 2008, robcorreia from San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

I don't know why anyone would ever want to remove this plant! I have it growing in light shade and it's such an easy plant, beautiful foliage and wonderfully fragrant!
I highly recommend it for a moon garden!

Neutral M_Bond On Oct 19, 2003, M_Bond from Belmont, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant is much larger and more prolific than I imagined. It has been in full bloom since the spring, and it is now mid-October; I actually planted it last year and in the San Francisco Bay Area it is a perennial. Hummingbirds love this plant. The flowers open white then turn pale pink, and finally turn an intense deep pink, so there are different colors all over the same plant. It is very tropical looking with very large leaves, but tries to take over the bed by underground shoots - these are easy to remove, however.


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

Ashdown, Arkansas
Costa Mesa, California
Eureka, California
Fairfield, California
Redwood City, California (2 reports)
Richmond, California
San Diego, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
Santa Barbara, California
Soquel, California
Lecanto, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Schiller Park, Illinois
Barbourville, Kentucky
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Lincoln, Nebraska
Yonkers, New York

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