We think of tobacco as a horrible habit. But at one time it was a sacred plant. Almost all tribes in North America and most tribes in South America used it. It was smoked during rituals, ceremonies and during social events. It was used to connect the worlds because the it has long deep roots underground, a green plant on the surface of the earth, fire that represented the sun, and smoke that rises skyward. It was put in a fire in a sweat lodge to thank the creator. It can be smoked during prayer to take messages to the creator and to those who have died. It was also used medicinally for stomach aches and fever.
In bloom now in the crop garden at the UC Botanical Garden.