Nicotiana mutabilis

approx 1000 seeds £2.79
available to order from summer
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Buy Nicotiana mutabilis tobacco plant: Flowers change colour as they mature

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to September
  • Flower colour: white fading to shades of pink
  • Hardiness: half hardy annual

    Trumpet-shaped flowers, that flare out widely at their tips, first appear in early summer a creamy white and gradually fade to pink, darkening as they mature to a deeper rose. As you usually have both young and old flowers on each plant at the same time it creates a beautiful, multi-coloured effect.

  • Garden care:Under glass, sow the seed thinly onto the surface of a good compost and keep at around 18°C. Keep moist (but not wet) by watering with a spray bottle, and thin out when they are large enough to handle, potting them up into individual pots. Grow on and gradually harden off before planting out after all risk of frost has passed.

  • Sow: March-May

  • Flowering: June-September

  • Approximate quantity: 1000 seeds.

  • Harmful if eaten

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This nicotiana was easy to grow and flowered until December.


Very easy to cultivate, long lasting and unusually attractive.


Devon on the edge of Dartmoor


All shades of pink froth


Although not it says not hardy, it made it through last winter which was mild with some frosts but not bitterly cold. I was able to get good success with the 1/2 packet of seeds not used initially in the following year. It self seeded once, but I won't know until next year if it grows true or is an F1. It flowered until November this year, still is in a couple of spots. On the down side, it is a large, leggy spreading plant, but very airy. So creates a froth of the delicately shaded flowers at chest height. I planted it amongst my shrub roses and dogwoods and it worked beautifully, something I would grow again. I will update on the selfseeded plant!


North Derbyshire


Long lasting flowers


The seeds germinated well, but I planted them out too late for flowers the first year. I was surprised that a few plants over-wintered outside (it was a mild one -2 deg C). The little plants grew to 3-4 feet and started to flower in spring and have only just finished ! Incredible, absolutely covered in the ever changing coloured flowers.





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Are these plants scented as the other Nicotiana are?

Loop D'Lu

Hello, No, I'm afraid this plant does not have the wonderfully scented flowers of some of its cousins.


Posh bedding

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