Thursday, June 03, 2010
Nicotiana Alata "Lime Green"
As most of you already know, I winter sowed well over 200 containers of seeds. Some of these winter sown plants are starting to bloom. One of them is Nicotiana Alata "Lime Green" or also commonly known as flowering tobacco.( I have read it has nicotine in it). Nicotiana is usually grown as an annual in my area, but in places with mild winters it is actually a tender perennial. It also reseeds well if you dont deadhead. I plan to lest this beauty spread to its hearts content for now. It grows 1=3 feet in height. It likes full sun to partial shade. Its 1" chartreuse blooms ( which are fragrant at night) can continue for around 3 months. It can bloom from early summer thru early fall. It prefers rich, well drained soil. It is also deer resistant, probably due to the fuzzy foilage. It attracts Hummingbirds, Butterflies, Bees, and Birds. I have mine planted near my Salvia May Night. I think the lime green of these flowers will be a great combo with the purple salvia. Right now both are young plants tho. Cant wait to see them in concert next year.