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Question by nancyrichar
September 23, 2008
We wanted to find out what is growing in my daughter in laws flower pots. She planted morning glories and another vine type plant and what came up in each pot was the same strange plant. It is a stalky plant with medium sized pointed leaves and a bugle type flower that only blooms at night then after the bloom is gone a barrel like prinkly almost cactus looking thing comes out. I have a picture is you would like to see it. She lives in Cape May, NJ and these pots are on the deck.

Answer from NGA
September 23, 2008


I think what you are growing are Datura, also known as Brugmansia, although the plant might also be moonflower. Ipomoea alba, otherwise known as Moonflowers, are so called because they bloom in the evening. They have large 4 to 6 inch fragrant, white or pink flowers on twining vines. The flowers open quickly in the evening and last through the night, remaining open until touched by the morning sun. Moonflowers are annuals. You can collect the seeds to replant next spring. On the other hand, Datura produces a seed pod that looks like a spiny ball (like a castor bean seed pod). This sounds more like what you have described. Datura flowers in the evening. You might do a websearch on both of these plants to see which looks more like the one you're growing. Enjoy!

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