Nicotiana alata aka Persian Tobacco
Common namesPersian Tobacco, Flowering Tobacco, Sweet Tobacco
How to care for Persian Tobacco
Even if you don't have a green thumb, you can successfully care for Persian Tobacco due to its easy-going nature.
Persian Tobacco should be watered regularly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.
Persian Tobacco loves a well-draining soil. Perlite and vermiculite help with drainage, while coco coir adds organic matter, so a good potting soil mix will have all three. You can improve store-bought soil by adding some perlite to it.
Persian Tobacco thrives in bright and direct sunlight. To ensure your plant receives enough light to survive, place it less than one foot from a window. The current weather in your area may affect the placement in your home. For example, if you live in a region that has longer and more intense periods of sunlight, then you may want to place the plant farther away from the window to avoid direct sunlight and reduce the risk of sunburn. Alternatively, if you live in a region with relatively milder temperatures and less intense sunlight, then you may be able to place the plant closer to the window for increased exposure. Ultimately, the current weather in your area should be taken into consideration when determining the best placement for your Sweet Tobacco.
The toxicity level of this plant has not been officially confirmed by Ploi. If there is a possibility of ingestion of plant material with an uncertain toxicity by you, a family member, or a pet, it is advisable to seek the assistance of a medical professional.
Region of origin
Persian Tobacco’s native range is S. America - S. Brazil to N. Argentina. Locally naturalized in C. Europe.