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Botanical Name
Datura spp.
Min Zone
Max Zone
2 to 5 feet
3 to 6 feet
Summer to frost: pink, lavender, purple, white; upward-facing trumpets, fragrant
Spiny, egg-shaped capsule that splits open in 4 sements when ripe, exposing numerous black, kidney-shaped seeds
Full sun
Moist, well-drained
Planting & Care
  • Other common names include Jamestown weed, thorn apple, downy thornapple, devil's trumpet, angel's trumpet, mad apple and stinkwort
  • Because of its toxicity, caution should be exercised when handling, siting and planting
  • Start seeds indoors about 6 to 8 weeks before the last spring frost, harden off and set plants out after last frost date
  • Give plants room, space about 3 feet apart
  • May self seed in the garden
  • Container plants may be overwintered indoors in a sunny window
  • Toxic plants are of concern around children, pets and livestock
All parts of this plant are extremely toxic to people and animals
  • Datura metel 'Ballerina Purple' - twisted, silver white petals striped in purple, 2 to 3 feet tall and wide
  • D. metel 'Ballerina Yellow' - ruffled soft lemon yellow blooms
  • D. meteloides 'Evening Fragrance' - lavender tinted flower buds open to white
  • D. discolor 'Desert Thorn Apple' - white trumpets with indigo blue throats

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