What is the "jipson plant?" - Knowledgebase Question

Hawthorne, WI
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Question by coyotebf
June 13, 1999
We are trying to identify a shrub type plant in our area. We have some vague information and our only lead is that it may be a 'jipson plant.' We have never heard of this and can not find any information on it. Can you shed some light?

Answer from NGA
June 13, 1999
It's possible that your plant is Jimson Weed (Datura stramonium). Jimson Weed, so-called because the early colonists in Jamestown became crazed after eating it, is a plant often found in open areas. It is a tall coarse plant with white or violet funnel-shaped flowers and large spiny fruits. It has an odor and some people get a rash by merely touching it. All parts of it are poisonous. Here's a website with a picture of the plant:
Hope this information solves the mystery.

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