Common Name: Aztec Tobacco AKA Wild Tobacco
Latin Name: Nicotiana rustica
50+ Seeds Per Packet.
The plant known as Aztec tobacco or Wild tobacco is a species of tobacco that has been used for millennia by various North and South American indigenous people and tribes to include, most famously, the Aztecs. Known as “picietl” in Nahuatl (the prevalent language of the Aztecs) it translates into ‘little perfume” which denotes the highly fragrant blooms of this species. Wild Tobacco was an important medicinal and ceremonial crop for the Aztecs and was used in the treatment of such ailments as headaches, snake and spider bites as well as gastric disorders. Nicotiana rustica was so prevalent in use, that it was listed and depicted in two historic texts, The Badianus Manuscript and Florentine Codex, Book XI. Spiritually and ceremonially, Aztec tobacco was used extensively as well. The Aztec goddess Cihuacoahuatl was depicted as having a body consisting of tobacco, and the priests wore tobacco gourds as a symbol of divinity whilst performing human sacrifices. Today, this species of tobacco is utilized most often as a natural pesticide.Nicotiana rustica contains about 9 times more nicotine than Nicotiana tabacum (common smoking tobacco) and should be considered poisonous and therefore grown with care.
DAYS TO GERMINATION:
Full Sun, Part Sun
Neutral Rich soil with good drainage
HARDINESS ZONES: 6-10
Flower Garden, Historic Garden, Beds and Borders, Pollinator Garden
Plant Class: Annual
Plant Height: 30″- 60″
Plant Habit: Tall, Upright
Growing instructions are provided on each seed packet
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