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angel's trumpet

Common name angel's trumpet
Family solanaceae
Life cycle annual/tender perennial
Flowers light purple (summer)
Size 18"
Light sun-part shade
From seed Germinate with some bottom heat. Some varieties have self-seeded sporadically in our garden.
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.

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".

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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