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.
Collected in July and August 2022. At least 30 seeds.
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