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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.
This plant is called by Romanian people Queen of the night (because Selenicereus grandiflorus does not exist in the natural flora of Romania)
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