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Datura metel 'Black Currant Swirl'

Datura metel 'Black Currant Swirl'

Common name devill's trumpet
Family solanaceae
Life cycle tender perennial (Z8-11)
Flowers lilac
Size to 5'
Light sun
Cultural notes well drained soil

As with other daturas, all parts of this plant are poisonous. I've tried to grow this variety several times, with only limited success. As shown in the picture here, the plant is commonly attacked by flea beetles, which really drain its vigor. I don't know how large one can expect a first-year plant, grown as an annual, to get, and have not tried to overwinter my plants.

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

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed for D. metel 'Black Currant Swirl' from HPS/MAG '10/'11 exchange. Baggy 75F (100%G, 8-16d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 75F (80%G, 8-12d)
  3. Same seed as above. Baggy 75F (95%G, 21-26d)

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