The wild tobacco plant has its origin in Mexico, although it’s hard to pinpoint when and where it was first cultivated. Tobacco has been used for several thousand years before the time Christopher Columbus reached Americas in 1492, and after that it spread to the whole world.
Wild Tobacco (Aztec tobacco), Nicotiana rustica
Approx: 10 seeds
This original wild Rustica is native to Central and South America. It grows to 30 inches high with abundant bright yellow flowers that are very attractive to bees and humming birds. Flowering lasts up to two months. Leaves air cure to a medium to dark brown and produce a very mild flavored smoke. Like many other Rusticas, this one is very high in nicotine and should not be smoked alone. Used also for making insecticide Grows well in cool climates and tolerates frost.
Days to Germination: 10-20 days
Days to Maturity: 100-130 days
Height: 36-48 inches
Spread: 18-24 inches
This plant thrives best in full sunlight and prefers a light or sandy, medium or loamy and heavy clay soils. The plant requires average watering and a well-drained soil.
Keep near: Marigold.
All parts of the plant contain nicotine which is a strong narcotic, this has been extracted and used as an insecticide. The leaves are antispasmodic, cathartic, emetic, narcotic and sedative. They are used externally as a poultice and a wash in the treatment of rheumatic swelling, skin diseases and scorpion stings.
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