Most plants in the family Solanaceae aren't cultivated for their flowers, but rather as beloved vegetables like tomatoes and eggplant. But nicotiana (also known as flowering tobacco) gives solanaceous plants even more stardom—literally: their star-shaped flowers are reminiscent of petunias, with fuzzy trumpet-shaped flower stalks and sturdy dark green foliage. The compounds the plants share with tobacco make them disagreeable to animal pests. Like its relatives, nicotiana prefers warmth.
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