(Desert Tobacco, Wild Tobacco, Winpuri, Coyote Tobacco, Pi'va)
Family: Nightshade (Solanaceae)
Perennial desert plant of the American SW, usually found at low to mid elevations among rocks, under pines and in dry washes. Growing 1-3 feet tall and producing 1 to 1.5 inch long, tubular, greenish-white flowers in terminal clusters, it is a wonderful plant from a magical landscape. The leaves are sticky, covered with glandular hairs, loaded with nicotine and anabasine, and may attain a good size, sometimes as long as six inches. The Papago, Cahuilla, Mojave, Yuma, Cocopa and Maricopa tribes considered this a sacred plant and used it in ritual, shamanisticaly, as a medicinal herb and, often wrapped in the inner husk of corn, as a cigarette, for their smoking pleasure. Please respect this sacred plant. Sow in spring. Press tiny seeds into surface of potting soil and keep evenly moist until germination. 100 seeds/pkt., open pollinated
- Attracts Bees/Butterflies
- Does Not Require Support
- Good for Drying
- Heat Tolerant
- Requires Summer Water
- Suited to Warmer Climates
|Seed Unit Sizes
||Attracts Bees/Butterflies, Medicinal Plant
|Approximate Harvest Time
||Early Fall, Late Fall
|Ideal Soil Temperature
|Useful Plant Part
||Start Indoors & Transplant
||5.6 - 6.0
Planting & Care
Soil & Water: Plant prefers full sun and very fast draining, even rocky, soil. Bottom watering is best for germination and transplants.
Planting & Growing:Sow in spring. Press tiny seeds into surface of potting soil and keep evenly moist until germination. Light must be consistent as well as warm temperatures. Space 1 to 2 feet apart.
Harvesting & Storage:Leaf cuttings may be made at 2 week intervals. Branches may be cut and hung for drying. Care must be made in drying as too quickly and flavor and aroma suffer, while too slow molds may affect.
Shipping Weight: 0.01 lbs.
Dimensions: 5"L x 2.625"W x 0.1"H