Nicotiana (Nicotiana x Sanderae) | Tobacco hybrid ‘Perfume Deep Purple’
There are over 65 species of Tobacco that hail from Australia, North America, and tropical South America. They are attractive plants with beautiful flowers and appealing foliage. All of them have tubular or trumpet-shaped flowers that come in nearly every color and most often open during the evening and and nighttime hours, sometimes releasing a pleasant fragrance. They can be used as specimen or bedding plants, in borders, woodland gardens, in containers, or for planting in masses or even as a focal point.
‘Perfume Deep Purple’ is a beautiful new tobacco hybrid that was honored by the All-America Selections in 2006. Bred for improved disease tolerance and garden performance, the ‘Perfume’ Series is a breakthrough in Nicotianas for landscape use. ‘Perfume Deep Purple’ Tobacco sports brilliant hues of velvety purple tubular, star-shaped flowers that glow in the suns light and still possess that old-fashioned sweet floral fragrance. Rather droopy to start the day, the flowering tobacco transforms as the afternoon rays of the sun lengthen, lifting the blossoms and releasing an intoxicating sweet fragrance into the evening. Thrives in heat and humidity. Deadhead for continual bloom.
Its best to start seeds indoor 6-8 weeks before last frost. Do not cover tiny seeds with soil. Needs light, humidity and heat to germinate.
Attracts bees and moth species, plus hummingbirds may come dip their beaks into the long flaring trumpet flowers. Deer resistant.
Sun exposure: Full sun to part shade
Mature height: 1.5-2 ft
Mature width: 12-18 inches
Hardiness zones: 10-11
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 ‘Perfume Deep Purple’ and other ornamental species of tobacco for their flowers only. Do NOT smoke these leaves.