Desert Indian Tobacco

Nicotiana obtusifolia

Nicotiana obtusifolia

Color: Cream

Common name: Desert Indian Tobacco

Latin name: Nicotiana obtusifolia


Height: < 31.5 inches

Description: Nicotiana obtusifolia is a woody perennial herb with funnel-shaped flowers which are white or green-tinged, its tubular throat up to 2.6 centimeters long.

Leaf: The leaves have blades up to 10 centimeters long, the lower ones borne on short stalks, the upper ones smaller and clasping the stem.

Range: Desert, s East of Sierra Nevada, White and Inyo Mtns.

Habitat: Gravelly or rocky washes, slopes

Elevation: < 1600 m.

Flowering time: Mar–Jun

Notes: Indians chewed and smoked Nicotiana obtusifolia and used it in powder form as snuff. It was used in rituals as well as for pleasure. Eriogonum inflatum was used as a pipe stuffed with the tobacco and smoked. Nicotiana obtusifolia is a dicot herb that is native to California and is also found outside of California, but is confined to western North America. This photo was taken on April 8, 2004 near Hesperia, San Bernardino, California.

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