Flowering Tobacco 'Perfume Deep Purple'

Nicotiana alata

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



Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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 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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


On Nov 14, 2012, GardenQuilts from Easton, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

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


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.


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. ... read more


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