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Nicotiana alata 'Starmaker Mix'

Flowering Tabasco

Starmaker Mix is a sure hit with its mix of all the starmaker colors and their star-shaped, trumpet flowers. These fragrant trumpet shaped blooms will attract both butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. Great plants to locate this unique plant includes borders, edges, containers, as a ground cover or use for a mass planting in your gardens.

Height: 11-12 in

Spread: 9-10 in

USDA Zone: Zones 10-11

Color: Mixed Colors

Interesting Notes:

Parts of this plant have been known to be toxic to both humans and animals if ingested, so caution should be exercised in planting it around areas accessed by pets and children.


Growing Tips for Homeowners:

Requires at least 6 hours of direct sunlight each day to perform best. Remove or deadhead spent flowers to both contain the spread of the plant and to encourage fresh blooms throughout the summer. Extremely heat and humidity tolerant. Common pests to watch out for include; aphids, cutworms, thrips and whiteflies. Common diseases that can compact nicotiana includes mildew.

Characteristics & Attributes:

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Hummingbirds
  • Butterflies


  • Heat Tolerant
  • Fragrant
  • Compact

Design Use:

  • Window Boxes
  • Mass Planting
  • Ground Cover
  • Edging
  • Container
  • Border


  • Full Sun / Part Sun

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Spring
  • Fall
  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Well Drained
  • Average


  • Compact