Tender perennials from South America. All are grown as annuals, but they may live over in mild-winter areas. These are upright-growing plants with large, soft, oval leaves; both foliage and stems are slightly sticky. Flowers—very fragrant, in some species—are tubular, typically flaring at the mouth into five pointed lobes; they appear near tops of branching stems in summer. They usually open at night or on cloudy days, though some kinds open during the day. Some nicotianas reseed readily.Nicotiana sylvestris
Grows to 5 ft. tall and 2 ft. wide. Intensely fragrant, long, tubular white flowers are borne in tiers atop a statuesque plant. Striking in a night garden.
California native. Erect, 1–4 ft. tall. Reddish stems, 1–1 3/4 -in.-long leaves, 1-in. flo...
Original strains were single-flowered plants 3–4 ft. tall, 2 ft. wide. Modern strains are more v...
Biennial grown as an annual. East Asian native reaching 1 1/2–2 ft. tall, 1 ft. wide. Lance-shap...