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Indian Tobacco
Nicotiana quadrivalvis
About Indian Tobacco (Nicotiana quadrivalvis) 4 Nurseries Carry This Plant Nicotiana quadrivalvis is a species of wild tobacco known by the common name Indian tobacco. It is native to the western United States, where it grows in many types of habitat. It is a bushy, sprawling annual herb growing up to two meters in maximum height. The lower leaf blades are up to 15 centimeters long and are borne on short petioles, the upper smaller and sessile on the stem. The flower cluster is an array of several white, greenish, or purple-tinged flowers with tubular throats up to 5 centimeters long. The base of each is enclosed in a ridged calyx of sepals. The flower face may be 5 centimeters wide. The fruit is a capsule up to 2 centimeters in length.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual herb

3.5 - 7 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
White, Green, Purple

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Full Sun


Sunset Zones
Sunset Zones?
7*, 8*, 9*, 10*, 14*, 15*, 16*, 17*, 18*, 19*, 20*, 21*, 22*, 23*, 24*

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Open, welldrained washes, slopes

Annual Precipitation: 5.4" - 57.3", Summer Precipitation: 0.16" - 2.91", Coldest Month: 29.5" - 56.1", Hottest Month: 50.9" - 80.9", Humidity: 0.35" - 31.60", Elevation: 7" - 8551"

Alternative Names
Botanical Names: Nicotiana bigelovii var. wallacei,Nicotiana quadrivalvis var. wallacei

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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