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Datura inoxia

Datura inoxia
Datura inoxia

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WLA@Flickr aka Wayne is responsible for today's photographs (original 1 | original 2 | BPotD Flickr Group Pool). Thanks, Wayne!

Wayne's written about this species on his weblog, Earth, Wind &Water, and I highly recommend reading the entry – not only will you learn about the plant, but you'll learn a little more about zombies, too: Some Kind of Voodoo. Datura inoxia has a number of common names, including angel's-trumpet, thorn-apple, Indian-apple, moonflower, sacred datura, prickly-burr and toloache (via Wikipedia and the USDA PLANTS database).

16 Comments

I've seen these growing in Britain, I'm sure they don't realise how poisonous the seeds are, Strychnine isn't it?

atropine, scopolomine, hyoscyamine among other anticholinergic deleriant tropane alkaloids.

Beautiful and deadly!
I have to admit though, I enjoy the blooms of the less formidable Bergmansia better.

I have been photgraphing a nice patch of these that come up every year here next to Detroit. I am suprised that this plant does so well in the zone.

less formidable in what way? brugmansias generally have higher levels of anticholinergic toxins than daturas. they are also bigger, have a higher nutrient requirement, and a far stronger aroma.

Datura inoxia - Z9 - RHS Index of Garden Plants, Griffiths

Datura de-tewr-ra. From a native name.

DATURA i planted some of them in kerala (india) and my neighbours chopped it off because they don't like it they know is bad (because is poisonus or because the deleriant alkaloids i don't know).
there where some like mine that grow tall as a man and some uncultivated 60 cm. tall.

P.S. it is the first time i visit your site and i like it, the advice on poiciana are meaningful

About 5 years ago, we received a pod of "moonflower" seeds from a friend in SE Tenn. The plants are identical to those pictured on this webpage. We have 3 large clusters, 4-5' tall. Even though they are poisonous, I've always handled them without problem. The vivid white blossoms open dusk to dawn in stunning contrast to the background of dark green leaves. After the blossoms open and close several times, they sag, turn tan then brown, and fall off to make way for prickly seed pods. The seedlings (with two fuzzy thin leaves) emerge early the next summer and are easy to identify and transplant. A few stronger plants have lasted through our below-freezing winters, after being cut back.

I am looking for information on how to keep the seed pods over the winter.

I ate some of the seed before and whoa they are very hallucinegenic. fun but very dangerous.. i dont ever reccomend anybody ever try this.

This is a great site for identification. I have told my plantgroup about this site and added it to our links area "Botany Photo Of The Day"
I keep coming here looking for answers. Many of our members are establishing community gardens around Central New York, and want to be able to also make use of what native plants we can find too. Not many plant sites off this much information. This is also great when we have group plant swaps as some get the plant with a name but want to know what the bloom looks like and its growth habit before deciding where to transplant it. Cherrie CNYplantcycle @yahoogroups

There is a small restaurant near where I live that has huge plants that I was told were Moon Flowers. They gave me two seed pods (prickly and the size of golf balls) The leaves were smooth and rounded. I am curious what type of Moon Flower this is and how poisonous. These plants are almost as tall as I am and have very solid and large base stems and are HUGE. This restaurant is in Perry County, AR. I am debating whether to plant these as I have horses and dogs. Are these a form of Jimsom weed? There are so many varieties I am confused. Right now the seed pods are still green in December. The owners of the place also said they have had some drug users arrested for digging up the roots to get high. Any info would be appreciated.

i suggest you all crack one of the pods in half and eat every seed in the pod, youll have a good week in store for you.
dont take it at work.

Although poisonous (I certainly wouldn't plant it near livestock, or with small children about), Datura is a beautiful plant. I see it growing in Toronto, although I don't believe it's perennial here. Its big gorgeous white flowers seem to glow in the dusk, and do indeed look like "angel trumpets". One of its other common names is Jimson, or Jimson Weed.

Georgia O'Keeffe did a number of paintings of Jimson, which you can see in an image search:
http://images.google.ca/images?hl=en&num=10&lr=&ft=i&cr=&safe=images&q=datura%20OR%20jimson%20%22Georgia%20O'Keefe%22&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi

I live in the south of England in the UK and grew these plants from seed last year in my garden, (I know how poisonous they are but I have no small children or pets)Although I had some beautiful blooms there was no seed pods once the flowers died off. The seeds I obtained in the first place came from Malta, and as I have a few left will be growing them again this year. Is there any one out there that is able to tell me how to get a seed pod? Thanking you in advance, Linda. By the way this is a lovely site.

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