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Nicotiana attenuata
coyote tobacco

Distribution: Wholly east of the Cascades, southern British Columbia south to California, east to Idaho and Texas.

Habitat: Dry, open plance, especially dry, sandy bottom lands.

Flowers: June - September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual

Conservation Status: Sensitive in Washington (WANHP)


Glandular-pubescent, odorous annual, the stem 3-10 dm. tall.


Leaves alternate, entire, the lowermost petiolate with lance-ovate to elliptic blades 2.5-12 cm. long and 1-5 cm. wide, the others reduced and narrower upward.


Flowers several in an elongate, terminal, mixed panicle; calyx 5-toothed, the teeth triangular, unequal, the longer ones 2-4 mm. long, much shorter than the tube; corolla dirty white, the tube 2.5-3.5 cm. long, the abruptly-flaring limb 8-14 mm. wide; ovary superior.


Capsule ovoid, 2-celled, about 1 cm. long.

Accepted Name:
Nicotiana attenuata Torr. ex S. Watson
Publication: Nomencl. Bot. 1: 554. 1821.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Nicotiana attenuata in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Nicotiana attenuata checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Nicotiana attenuata atlas page.

CalPhotos: Nicotiana attenuata photos.

USDA Plants: Nicotiana attenuata information.

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