Herb: Tree Tobacco
Latin name: Nicotiana glauca
Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade Family, Potato Family)
Medicinal use of Tree Tobacco:A poultice of the leaves can be applied to cuts, bruises, swellings and other wounds. The plant has been used as a poultice for removing the pus from scrofulous sores or boils. A poultice of the leaves has been applied to inflamed throat glands. An infusion of the leaves has been used as a steam bath in the treatment of rheumatism.
Description of the plant:
(9 3/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Rocks, walls and roadsides in the Mediterranean.
Edible parts of Tree Tobacco:The leaves have been made into a drink. Some care should be exercised here. The tea will contain nicotine and this can be toxic to the body.
Other uses of the herb:All parts of the plant contain nicotine, this has been extracted and used as an insecticide.
Propagation of Tree Tobacco: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.
Cultivation of the herb:Rocks, walls and roadsides in the Mediterranean.
Known hazards of Nicotiana glauca:All parts of the plant are poisonous.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.