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Jasmine Tobacco (fragrant, ornamental) (Nicotiana alata), fam. Solanaceae.
Comparatively rare and relatively unshowy ornamental plant. The aroma of the flowers, appearing in the second half of summer, is enhanced in the night time. The flowers remind Petunia, but less bright and with a longer tube. Tobacco grows best at the steady temperature +24…+28 degrees Celsius.
All tobacco species are poisonous plants. But the composition of their toxic or narcotic alcaloids is not the same, so only two of them (common tobacco, N. tabacum, and wild Aztec tobacco, N. rustica) are used for smoking. Nicotine is easily absorbed through mucosa and even the skin. That is why it is better to care for the ornamental tobacco with care (in gloves). And many insects, including the pests, die when contact with tobacco leaves or their infusion. Sometimes, the recipes of medicinal use of tobacco appear (this is not surprising, since the same is known for the related belladonna, angel's trumpets etc.). Besides, it is possible to get citric and nicotinic acids (a valuable chemical and pharmaceutical substances) from tobacco.