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Nicotiana alata is a species of tobacco. It is called jasmine tobacco,[2] sweet tobacco,[3] winged tobacco, tanbaku, and Persian tobacco.

Nicotiana alata
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Ornamental N. alata
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Asterids
Order: Solanales
Family: Solanaceae
Genus: Nicotiana
N. alata
Binomial name
Nicotiana alata
  • Nicotiana acutifolia Burb.
  • Nicotiana affinis T.Moore
  • Nicotiana decurrens C.Agardh
  • Nicotiana persica Lindl.
  • Nicotiana pseudodecurrens Steud.

N. alata is mainly grown as an ornamental plant; numerous cultivars and hybrids are derived from it. In Iran, narghila tobacco is sometimes produced from N. alata; it is not chopped like cigarette tobacco, but broken up by hand.

  • Flowering Season: Summer to fall
  • Light Requirements: Sun to partial shade
  • Flower Color: Lime green, maroon red, white, yellow, pink, and crimson
  • Height: 30 to 60 cm [12 to 24 inches]
  • Spacing: 30 to 40 cm [12 to 14 inches]
  • Comments: Low drought tolerance

Has a lovely fragrance in the evening to night. Most varieties bloom late-afternoon to evening. Seedlings do best when gradually introduced to outdoor environment over the course of a week. Plants tend to self-sow. (Color may be the original or occasionally several colors on one plant). Deadhead spent flower stalks for best blooming results.


  1. ^ "Nicotiana alata". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens Kews. 2019. Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Nicotiana alata". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 29 January 2016.
  3. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17.