Putting Datura Plant Outside In Late Fall - Knowledgebase Question

Somerville (boston), MA
Question by angelomike9
October 30, 1999
A friend gave me a datura plant last year and I forgot it was supposed to go outside--I thought it was a houseplant. It barely made it through the winter, but once I put it outside for the summer it flourished (but still hasn't bloomed.) I brought it back inside for the winter, then discovered that it is an outside plant.
SO: Is it too late to bring it back outside and put it in the ground?
If yes, can it go near the vegetable garden, or is it too poisonous? I assume I can put it near a trellis and it will find its way up and spread out.

Answer from NGA
October 30, 1999


The daturas grown as ornamental plants are not winter hardy so it must be brought inside for the winter. These plants generally grow into very large shrubs rather than vines. You could plant it near a vegetable garden but if you have children in the area I would strongly advise against that just in case a child should be confused and possibly eat it or be tempted to pick a flower; some people are allergic to the sap released when a stem is broken.

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