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A Mutable Beauty

By Danielcarruthers

Nicotiana mutabilis is such a lovely plant that I go to considerable lengths to have it in the garden. Its flowers start dark pink, fade to a paler shade and then white, with the tall, airy plant carrying all three colours at once.  I overwintered one successfully in the greenhouse and planted it out a few weeks ago, sowed seeds less successfully (only three seedlings from this sowing and none from an earlier one), but to my delight I’ve found that the leggy plants I left in the borders have come through the mild winter and are sending out new stems from ground level.  I’m going to have a go at sowing another batch because I think they may germinate better in dry heat, but in the meantime I’m enjoying the early show from the greenhouse plant. 

Nicotiana mutabilis

Overwintered in the greenhouse

overwintered Nicotiana mutabilis

Overwintered in the garden thanks to a lack of frosts

Nicotiana mutabilis seedling in greenhouse

Spring sown seedling

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