Wild tobacco

Nicotiana glauca
Wild tobacco:Nicotiana glauca Wild tobacco:Nicotiana glauca

Common name:

Wild tobacco

Scientific name:

Nicotiana glauca (Solanaceae)

Alternative common names:

Coneton; Mexican tobacco; mustard tree; tree tobacco (English); Jan-tak; tabakboom; wildetabak; volstruisgifboom (Afrikaans), mohlafotha (Sesotho), tabaka bume (Setswana) 

An evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 6m high with blue-green, leathery leaves, sometimes with purplish tints. Yellow, tubular flowers appear in terminal, drooping clusters all year. Brown, four-valved fruit capsules contain tiny seeds. This plant is poisonous.

Additional Info

  • Where does this species come from?

    South America

    What is its invasive status in South Africa?

    Existing legislation: CARA 2002 – Category 1 NEMBA – Category 1b

    Where in South Africa is it a problem?

    All provinces of South Africa

    How does it spread?

    Seed dispersal.

    Why is it a problem?

    Competes with pioneering indigenous species. Can form dense and extensive stands along watercourses after flooding; this is of particular concern in conservation areas such as the Kruger National Park. Unpalatable and poisonous to domestic and wild animals.

    What does it look like?

    General description: Evergreen shrub or small tree growing up to 6m high. Leaves: Blue-green, leathery leaves sometimes with purplish tints and smooth margins. Flowers: Yellow, tubular flowers in terminal, drooping clusters appear throughout the year. Fruit/seeds: Brown, four-valved fruit capsules with tiny seeds

    Does the plant have any uses?

    Garden ornament.

    Plant me instead alternatives

    N. james brittennia, N. grandiflora