Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Daturas Have Beautiful Flowers That Open at Sunset, but They Are Toxic

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Daturas Have Beautiful Flowers That Open at Sunset, but They Are Toxic

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Q - A couple of years ago a friend gave me some round, spiked pods full of seeds. He told me to plant them in spring and at maturity there will be a big trumpet-shaped white flower that blooms at night. We have grown these plants the last two years. They are beautiful with flowers with a strong, almost fruity scent. Do you know their real name? Do they come in other colors, and if so, where can I get them?

A - Most likely you are growing one of the daturas. There are several cultivated species, with datura metel perhaps being most frequently grown. They are known by several common names, including Jimson weed, Downy thorn apple, Horn of plenty and Angel's trumpet. Most varieties have large, fragrant flowers that open around sunset. White is the predominant color, with yellow, violet and purple forms less frequently encountered. …

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