Common Name: Woodland tobacco, flowering tobacco, South American tobacco
Nicotiana sylvestris is a species of flowering plant in the nightshade family, Solanaceae. It is a perennial plant in the genus Nicotiana, native to the Andes in South America. It is possibly one of the parents of smoking tobacco. The genus is named Jean Nicot who introduced tobacco in France (nicotine is also named after him). This plant is usually an annual in our garden. The flowers are somewhat fragrant, especially at night, in order to attract pollinators.