Tobacco, Coyote (Nicotiana attenuata), packet of 100 seeds
Family: Nightshade (Solanaceae)
Annual. 60 days to flowers
(Wild Tobacco, Coyote Tobacco, Kach-kul, puh-pamo, bah-moh, pooe-ee-bah-hoon, toh-quoh-quah, ohpi) Annual herb to 3 feet tall, native to Baja north to BC, east to New Mexico, Colorado and Montana. Flowers long and tubular, greenish-white. Leaves hairy and glandular, loaded with about 3 times the nicotine content of standard smoking tobacco. Traditional use (TNAM): smoking, ceremonial, earache, stomachache, cold remedy, fevers, inflammations, arthritis. Plant prefers dry, sunny, disturbed ground and often appears after a fire. Ethnobotanical records indicate that native people burned patches of ground in order to stimulate appearance of the coyote tobacco, and may have planted it in ashes left from fires. For all practical purposes, this tobacco can be grown like other tobaccos, by seeding on the surface, pressing in and keeping moist until germination. Coyote tobacco requires less nutrients than common tobacco. A warm and fast-draining location is preferred. Space plants 1 foot apart.
100 seeds/pkt., Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s
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jasperdshide (verified owner) –
This lovely little species is nothing like the domesticated tobaccos – it lives and grows on its own terms. Germination is slow and sporadic with seedlings popping up here and there over the course of a few weeks. The mature plant eschews the moisture and rich soil preferred by most other Nicotianas and bolts as soon as it is able.
My best results came from mixing ashes into the top layer of the soil and heavily over seeding (in my experience about 10% come up right away and the rest sort of trickle in on their own time). The seedlings grow quickly and thrive on neglect.
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