The Q&A Archives: Moon Flowers

Question: I also have a question about moon flowers. Are that related to Angels Trumpets (Datura/Brugmansia)? Can they be trained like Angels Trumpets?

Answer: Datura is a member of the Potato (Solanaceae) Family, also called the Deadly Nightshade Family. There are several species of the Datura genus, including D. wrightii, commonly referred to as the Southwestern Thorn Apple. D. stramonium is usually called Jimson Weed; D. metaloides is colloquially named Sacred Datura; and D. inoxia is usually referred to as Toloache. The smaller annual, D. discolor, is often called Moon Flower. It grows only 18 inches high and has a purple throat not found in other species. They are all members of the same botanical family, with similar growth habits and cultural requirements. Hope this answers your question!

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