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Flowering Tobacco

October 2011

QuestionCould you please identify this plant for me? It comes up with beautiful white flowers that are fragrant. It seems to just come up wherever it pleases. It has large leaves and dies back every year. The other plant has thick fleshy leaves and has been in my garden for years. It blooms about this time every year with pink flowers. Thanks for your help.


Answer      The white flowering plant is an old-fashioned flowering tobacco - Nicotiana sylvestris. It is a short-lived perennial but it also reseeds itself, which can be the reason it comes up in other areas of the garden. The pink flowering plant is a Sedum spectabile, often called Autumn Joy after a very popular variety of the plant. It is a long lived perennial succulent that thrives in dry conditions.      


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