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Plantidote of the Day 2012-07-10

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indian tobacco

Nicotiana glauca

Indian tobacco

Welcome to the second installment in the "will she ever figure out how to focus that camera" series! Fortunately, this isn't a drop-dead gorgeous flower, but more of a weed. No one plants it in the garden, but it's everywhere here in greater LA. It's one of those plants that likes "disturbed" soil, so whenever hillsides are cleared, up comes the Indian tobacco. The plants are big -- 6 feet high and sometimes more.

Now you may be wondering, Why is it called Indian tobacco? Dunno. But if you run into any, don't even think about chewing it. The garden guide says that all tobaccos are poisonous when eaten, but this one is the only one that has actually been linked to fatalities.


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