angel’s trumpet – datura

29 Jun

This is a tropical plant but can be grown from seed in this zone. (For some reason, I’ve not been successful growing it from seed, but luckily I have a friend who starts a few for me every year.) The flowers are impressive — about 10″ long and 4″ across. They open facing up but after a day or two turn downward, making them look more like bells than trumpets. If you grow them, be sure to remove the seed pods as they form and dry, otherwise you’re bound to have volunteers that are almost guaranteed to come up where you least want them. The flower needs a lot of space because it grows to the size of a small bush. Be cautioned that both the flowers and seeds are poisonous, so they shouldn’t be grown around kids or dogs who are likely to eat them. The seed pods are larger than golf balls with very sharp, thorn-like projections, so it’s difficult to see how they could seem appetizing, but we’ve all known kids and dogs who’ll eat anything.

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2 Responses to “angel’s trumpet – datura”

  1. Leonard Marks July 4, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    great post

  2. Donna's Garden July 9, 2012 at 5:54 pm #

    Thanks! Come back and visit my garden any time.

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