Wild Tobacco - Nicotiana rustica
Herb: Wild Tobacco
Latin name: Nicotiana rustica
Family: Solanaceae (Nightshade Family, Potato Family)
Medicinal use of Wild Tobacco:All parts of the plant contain nicotine which is a strong narcotic. The leaves are antispasmodic, cathartic, emetic, narcotic and sedative. They are used externally as a poultice and a wash in the treatment of rheumatic swelling, skin diseases and scorpion stings.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:The original habitat is obscure. Plants are naturalized in Eastern N. America where they grow in waste places, open areas etc.
Other uses of Wild Tobacco: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. 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).
Propagation of the herb: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 Wild Tobacco:The original habitat is obscure. Plants are naturalized in Eastern N. America where they grow in waste places, open areas etc.
Known hazards of Nicotiana rustica:All parts of the plant are poisonous.
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.