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Wild Tobacco (Nicotiana rustica)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Wild Tobacco
Nicotiana rustica
Solanaceae

All parts of the plant contain nicotine, this has been extracted and used as an insecticide. The dried leaves can also be used, they remain effective for 6 months after drying[169].

The leaves have also been dried and then chewed as a stimulant or made into snuff for sniffing, or smoked. This species is more potent than N. tabacum (the species normally cultivated for cigarettes).

  • Medicinal Use

    All parts of the plant contain nicotine which is a strong narcotic[192].

    The leaves are antispasmodic, cathartic, emetic, narcotic and sedative[240, 257]. They are used externally as a poultice and a wash in the treatment of rheumatic swelling, skin diseases and scorpion stings[240].

  • Edible Use

    None known

  • Cautionary Notes

    All parts of the plant are poisonous[200].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – surface sow in a warm greenhouse about 10 weeks before the last expected spring frosts. The seed usually germinates in 10 – 20 days at 20¡c. Keep the soil moist and pot up as soon as the plants are big enough to handle, planting them out after the last expected frosts.
Prefers a well-drained deep rich moist soil in a sunny position[1, 200]. This plant was formerly cultivated for its use as an insecticide but it has now been largely replaced by N. tabacum[46, 50, 200]. Plants require more than 14 hours daylight per day in order to induce flowering[169].
S. America – Ecuador to Bolivia.

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