With little kids running around, I'm not too keen on growing daturas right now - their seeds, which come in really interesting spiny seedpods just made to attract kids' attention, are rather poisonous. But somehow, every year a single plant manages to emerge as a volunteer, always on our back yard island's hillside. Since it's out of the way, I usually allow the one plant to grow. It would be even better if I were ever there to witness the flowers in their fully open state - by the time I return from work, they have already closed, and it seems like they take weekends off just to spite me. Not sure what species of datura this is - I think I grew it from seed just labeled "single purple datura".
||light purple (summer)
||Germinate with some bottom heat. Some varieties have self-seeded sporadically in our garden.
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...
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|Lynne||Feb 03, 2006||Looks like Datura stramonium var. tatula. :)
|Janet DG||May 11, 2006||FWIW, the entire plant is poisonous and hallucinogenic. You do have to ingest fairly large quantities though and apparently the taste is incredibly foul. I would be more worried about teenagers than toddlers - some of them are aware of its hallucinogenic properties and considerably less aware of its toxic properties.|
|Jenny||Jun 19, 2008||I think this plant could easily become invasive. I have found it here along country roadside, quite distant from a garden which it escaped from.|
|Denise Sharpe||Oct 06, 2008||It's taken two summers to produce flowers and taller foliage approx., 3ft plus. The original plants were only 18" high with smaller white flowers and more bushy foliage. I'm thrilled I now know their name but not pleased about the toxic etc., content of the flower.|
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