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September 9, 2011

Smokeless tobacco, and it's pink

TOBACCO (NICOTIANA TABACUM) CAN GROW INTO A 6 FOOT TALL ORNAMENTAL PLANT IN ONE SEASON
 I don't know where it came from, but I have two Tobacco plants blooming in the bed infront of the greenhouse, and they are surprisingly pretty, if not a little horsey and large. They may have arrived in a packet of seed I planted a few years ago of Nicotiana sylvestris, a more fragrant and more ornamental species of Nicotiana, but I am not sure. The cultivated tobacco known as Nicotiana tabacum is not a plant found in the wild, rather, it is believed to be a selected hybrid of Nicotiana sylvestris and N. tomentosiformis. Regardless of how these plants arrived in my garden, I am please with their show, and their strength - I forgot to stake them during last weeks hurricane, and they withstood the 50 MPH winds just fine.
It's tall, hairy stems and large sticky leaves are ornamental even without blossoms, but the flowers are a nice shade of pink and will bloom in my garden until the first frost. Self seeding might be a problem for some, so plant carefully.

2 comments :

  1. Wow, I wonder how they grew in your garden. Interesting. They're actually quite pretty.

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  2. Yeah, nice flowers, but are you going to smoke them when the time comes? Or just chew them as smokeless tobacco? :)

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