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Aztec Tobacco Seeds (Certified Organic)

Aztec tobacco grows to 3 feet high with abundant bright yellow flowers that are very attractive to bees and hummingbirds.

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Aztec tobacco is native to central and South America. It grows to 3 feet high with abundant bright yellow flowers that are very attractive to bees and hummingbirds. Flowering lasts up to two months! Though we use Aztec tobacco as an ornamental feature, the leaves air cure to a medium to dark brown and produce a very mild flavored smoke. Aztec tobacco has a very high nicotine content, so use caution. The leaves can also be used by home gardeners to make a very effective insecticide by soaking them in water to make a tea. The tea is then sprayed onto vegetables and flowers and can last up to six weeks to repel against infestations of aphids, spider mites and other tiny pests.

Aztec tobacco has the highest levels of nicotine of any tobacco species, potentially containing up to nine times more than Nicotiana tabacum, the species used in commercial cigarettes. At such levels, caution is advised when smoking Aztec Tobacco (Nicotiana rustica) because of the risk of fatal overdose. However, Aztecs and other Native Americans who considered this plant to be sacred would indulge in smoking Nicotiana rustica to achieve mind alteration primarily for ceremonial purposes and occasionally for recreation. Nicotiana rustica was also ingested by chewing, snuffing or as an enema. Additionally, it was used to treat bruises, sprains, infected wounds and to treat baldness.

Michigan Seeds and Plants grown on our farm, Renegade Acres, in Howell, MI!

Certified Organic by Oregon Tilth.

Additional Info

Botanical Name Nicotiana rustica
Life Cycle Annual
Min. Time to Germinate 10 Days
Max. Time to Germinate 21 Days
Depth to Sow Seeds Surface Sow; press seeds gently into the soil to make good contact, but do not cover with any additional soil; these seeds require light to germinate
When to Sow Indoors 6-8 weeks before last spring frost
Growing Height 36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
Plant Spacing 18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
Hardiness N/A
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Danger All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Bloom Color Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)
Bloom Time Late Summer/Early Fall, Mid-Summer
Foliage Grown for Foliage
Other Details Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater, This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Soil pH Requirements 6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic), 6.6 to 7.5 (neutral), 7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
Propagation Methods From herbaceous stem cuttings, From seed; direct sow after last frost, From seed; sow indoors before last frost
Seed Collecting Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Seeds Per Pack 200