Nicotiana mutabilis starts out looking like most other flowering tobaccos, with a basal rosette of broad, fuzzy, rich green leaves. Once it blooms, though, it’s a distinctive sight from early or midsummer well into fall, with wide-branching stems bedecked with clusters of trumpet-shaped blooms that start out white and age to soft pink, then darker pink. Here at Hayefield, this species usually reaches 5 to 6 feet tall, but I’ve heard it can get even taller than that. Set among other plants in a border, it’s marvelous for adding height without bulk; in a group, it creates a cloud of delicate, dangling, multicolored blooms. I have seen N. mutabilis sold with the name ‘Marshmallow’, but as far as I can tell, that’s just a more marketable name with no discernible difference from the species. Full sun to light shade. Annual in most areas, but it may overwinter in very mild areas.
I started collecting these seeds in early July 2021. At least 30 seeds.
Please read the germination information as well before ordering.