Nicotiana alata x sanderae 'Crimson'

(5/18/2010) So far this Nicotiana flowering tobacco plant has produced a multitude of flowers for several months and looks like it will become one of my standbys for the garden.

One problem – while Annie’s Annuals states that the plant grows about 20″ tall, mine is pushing 3′.  Another neighbor’s ‘Crimson’ is growing true to form with a more compact form and does not exceed 2′ in height. So why is mine growing so tall? It receives a good amount of sunlight, so it is unlikely that it’s open habit is due to too much shade. Regardless, the result is that the the Nicotiana is so open that,, as a single specimen it does not have a lot of impact, despite its prolific production of flowers. I’ll probably need to combine it with one or two more of the variety next year.

Nicotiana alata x sanderae 'Crimson'
(9/12/2010 Update) During July I noticed that the Nicotiana was looking sickly and producing few flowers. I should have seen it sooner, but the plant was suffering from a white fly infestation. After giving it a treatment of insecticide, it revived. I’ve had to repeat the treatments every two weeks to keep the flies at bay.
Nicotiana alata x sanderae 'Crimson'