Nicotiana Langsdorffii | Langsdorff’s Tobacco
Langsdorff’s tobacco is a 2- 3 ft tall tobacco plant from the milder parts of Chile and Brazil. It is easily grown from seed in the garden, but plants started indoors 6-10 weeks before the last frost date will bloom earlier. Grows best in full sun to part shade in rich, well-drained soil. Although it can be a perennial in mild climates (zones 10-11), it is generally grown as an annual.
Like most nicotianas, this species has broad, deep-green leaves with a sticky surface. The light green-yellow flowers are delicate and smaller than most flowering tobacco varieties. The nodding bell-like flowers are fascinating, primarily for their unusual green-apple color and bright blue pollen that’s hiding inside. Makes a subtle statement in the garden and looks best in small groups of three or as individuals sprinkled in among other plants for a cottage garden look. Pollinated by hummingbirds.
Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit winner.
Part shade to full sun.
Height: 2- 3 ft
Zones: Perennial in zones 10-11. Annual in all other zones.
Please note: All parts of the plant are poisonous if ingested. All tobaccos should be considered poisonous to consume (smoking brings its own risks); some are extremely poisonous and have caused fatalities. Poisoning through intentional or accidental misuse of nicotine and products containing it is a relatively common occurrence. Related species may contain other toxic alkaloids, chemically similar to nicotine, so it is for this reason we suggest that you enjoy Nicotiana Langsdorffii and other ornamental species of tobacco for their flowers only. Do NOT smoke these leaves.