Never have I read in the Bible that ancient near east people smoked tobacco; however, I’m including the flowering tobacco plant (Nicotianium, cultivar Crimson Bedder) in God as a Gardener because the plant is beautiful. The leaves are a shiny dark green and the flower is breath taking. The flowering tobacco is a sub-tropical plant and in Virginia grows as an annual. These pictures were taken inside at the Washington DC Botannic Garden in June, 2015.
Depending on the cultivar you purchase, flowering tobacco plants will grow between 6-8 inches to 5 feet tall. Flowers grow on slender stems and look good when they are planted in mass. They can be grown in pots. The flowering tobacco plant grows best in partial shade to sun. While they like lots of water, they do not like soggy soil.
Tobacco plants are grown for their color and fragrance. Humming birds are attracted to them. Plants are poisonous, if swallowed. Keep away from children or pets! As expected from the name, the flowering tobacco plants contain high levels of nicotine.
Reflection: Have you noticed that so many beautiful plants are poisonous, e.g., the castor bean plant and now the flowering tobacco? Gardening is not for wimps. Gardeners have to carefully select and decide where to position each plant for safety. Perhaps, God thinks about positioning each of us so we grow where we are safe, even where we do not harm others. I want to grow in the garden God planted just for me. What about you, are you in the garden God planted for you?
I love Bible plants along with their symbolism. If you want to learn more about them, read my two books: 1) Rooted in God and 2) God as a Gardener. You can purchase them from my website: Carolyn Roth Ministry at http://www.CarolynRothMinistry.com/
Copyright July 13, 2015: Carolyn A. Roth