Why My Nicotiana sylvestris could use a hankie


I was sitting at my desk staring out the window, right at my Nicotiana sylvestris. I was thinkin’, here’s a plant that doesn’t get enough love. So I went out to give it a sniff and see if it’s as tall as I am. It is (I am almost 5’7" but I’m wearing platform flip-flops so we can give ol’ NS a solid 5’8")


So I’m looking and sniffing and measuring and…. I notice something on the Macleaya leaves that looks suspicious. I look at the Macleaya, I look at the Nictiana… The Nicotiana apparently SNOTTED seeds on the Macleaya leaf. Is this why more people don’t use Nicotiana sylvestris?

Here’s the scoop with this awesome annual- I "deadheaded" someone elses plant last year at this time and threw the cuttings in the area I wanted them to seed out in. I then raked up the leftover bits in spring. Now I have a lovely, free,forum.hortmag.com/tt.aspx fragrant forest of these towering snotters.
Bring the Kleenex to the forum.

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About Amanda Thomsen

Big, loud and fun- Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, on Horticulture magazine's website has alienated/enraptured dozens. She co-authors a blog called Plants That Suck that is about plants that suck. And she is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.

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