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:


3 m
(9 3/4 foot)

August to

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 20C. 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.