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|Ornamental N. alata|
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Unlike the latter species, which is of some commercial importance in the production of Iranian Tobacco Company cigarettes, N. alata is mainly grown as an ornamental plant; numerous cultivars and hybrids are derived from it. In Iran, narghila tobacco is sometimes produced from N. alata; it is not chopped like cigarette tobacco, but broken up by hand.
- Flowering Season: Summer to fall
- Light Requirements: Sun to partial shade
- Flower Color: Lime green, maroon red, white, yellow, pink, and crimson
- Height: 12 to 24 inches
- Spacing: 12 to 14 inches
- Comments: Low drought tolerance
Has a lovely fragrance in the evening to night. Most varieties bloom late-afternoon to evening. Seedlings do best when gradually introduced to outdoor environment over the course of a week. Plants tend to self-sow. (Color may be the original or occasionally several colors on one plant). Deadhead spent flower stalks for best blooming results.
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