Nicotiana is a genus of herbaceous shrubs and plants in the Solanaceae (nightshade) family. The 67 species of Nicotiana are native to tropical South America, North America, and Australia.
Several species of Nicotiana, commonly known as tobacco plants, are grown as ornamental garden plants. Growing Nicotiana in an ornamental flower bed brings a variety of colors and shapes with it.
Excellent as bedding plants, the smaller varieties of the Nicotiana plant will only grow to a few inches (8 cm). In contrast, others can grow up to 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall.
Different sizes of Nicotiana flowers can be used on the back or front of a border and make for a lightly scented experience on calm days, particularly at night.
The flowers of flowering Nicotiana (Nicotiana alata) are tubular and grow moderately. Flowering Nicotiana is most commonly grown and sold annually, although some types of Nicotiana flowers are short-lived perennials.
The Nicotiana flower is borne in clumps on multi-branched stems and grows in red, purple, white, and pink tones.