My aunt gave me a few of the tobacco seeds to plant and told me they are easy to grow, just give it lots of water. Which I’ve been doing diligently so far, so we’ll see how it goes.
This is what wild tobacco looks like:
There are more than fifty types of tobacco. Wild tobacco (nicotiana rustica) is not the same as nicotiana tabacum – the commercial variety which you sniff, smoke and chew.
Wild tobacco (Nicotiana rustica) is indigenous to the West Indies and to North America east and immediately west of the Mississippi River and Lower Eastern Canada.
First Nation People have long possessed a strong medical knowledge of the tobacco plant and treated it with great reverence and as a sacred plant. For thousands of years, their respect for the plant prevented them from becoming addicted to it. It was also used to treat a variety of ailments including asthma and fever.
|Dried tobacco leaves|
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