About Good Scents

The cut flower business ended in 2011 but I continue to post other items about gardening.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Nicotiana alata ‘Lime Green’ (Flowering Tobacco)

I love the GeoSeed catalog description of this flower: “Intense sulphuric green hue, a classic among ornamental tobaccos. If the devil were jealouis he'd wear this in his lapel.” It is more chartreuse than pale green, and I really like it with dark purple lisianthus. There are many ornamental tobaccos but most are not used for cut flowers. You usually only see the shorter bedding tobaccos sold as plants, so this one usually has to be sown from seed. Sow thinly and don’t cover the minute seed because it has a high germination rate and requires light to germinate. All flowering tobaccos are prolific re-seeders so once you have it you will probably always have it. If you like the color, this plant is quite ornamental in the garden.

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