Nicotiana Seeds

August 5, 2008

I’m starting to collect seeds from my Nicotiana ‘Fragrant Cloud’ (I think it’s N. alata) and I thought I’d post some information about the seeds and seed pods.

Both the seeds and seed pods resemble those of rose campion (Lychnis coronaria). And like L. coronaria the seeds pour right out of the pod when they are ripe.

Here’s a picture showing some ripe seed pods. If you look closely at a larger version of the photo (click the picture to see) you can actually see the seeds inside one of the pods.

When the seed pods turn brown you can tip them over and pour the seeds right into a bag or envelope. Here’s what they look like.

This is the first year that I’ve grown Nicotiana. So far I really like it. It started blooming much earlier than I thought it would and it’s still going strong. Plus the fragrance is wonderful too.

On another note, I have to apologize to my readers for wrongfully capitalizing common plant names in my posts. I probably won’t go back and change older posts but I will try and avoid that glaring grammatical error in the future. Thank you for politely enduring!