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Flowering Tobacco

These days, growing tobacco isn't just for farmers. A number of flowering tobacco varieties are perfect for home gardens.

Known also as Nicotiana, these plants produce trumpet-shaped flowers that are only a few inches long but will fill your garden with fragrance. The flowers can be white, green, pink, or purple.

The tallest varieties can reach five feet and look good at the back of mixed beds. Other modern hybrids grow just one or two feet and are wonderful in containers. Note that some newer hybrids aren't as fragrant as older varieties.

Remember that these plants do contain nicotine, so don't let pets or kids eat any parts of them. Look for transplants at your local garden center or start your own using seed from mail-order nurseries.

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