PlantsDatura→Devil's Trumpet (Datura metel 'Black Currant Swirl')

Alternative cultivar names:
'Black Currant Swirl'
'Blackcurrant Swirl'

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 9a -6.7 °C (20 °F) to -3.9 °C (25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 4-6 feet
Plant Spread: 2-3 feet
Fruit: Showy
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Bloom Size: 6"-12"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Toxicity: Other: All parts of plant are extremely toxic.
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

blooms 10 months from seed sprouting

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Location: Jersey City NJ, my balconyDate: 2021-11blooms 10 months from seed sprouting
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Location: Fountain, Florida
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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: 2013-10-13
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa. Zone 8b
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Location: My garden
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Location: In my zone 8 gardenDate: 2013-10-14
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Location: Cisco, Tx (between Dallas and Abilene)Date: 2018-09-26
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Location: Cisco, Tx (between Dallas and Abilene)Date: 2018-10-07
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Location: My gardenDate: 2021-06-20
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Location: NC zone 7Date: Summer
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Location: Blondmyk's Backyard, Corpus Christi, TXDate: 2012-10-09Example of a "Thornapple" from "Datura Metel"--Triple Black Curra
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2017-06-02
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2017-06-02
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Location: Stuart, OKDate: 2017-06-13First day of opening.
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Location: My gardenDate: 2018-11-02
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2011-11-11
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2017-06-02
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2017-06-02
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Location: In my garden in Kalama, Wa.
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Comments:
Posted by JJsgarden (North Central NC - Zone 7a) on Dec 6, 2011 9:32 PM

This plant is treated as an annual here in my zone 7. I grew it in full sun and it was happy,.

The seedpods are golf ball size, round and "bumpy", not sharp spines as other daturas. When ripe, the seedpod will fall apart at the slightest touch. To collect the seeds, I loosely covered the seedpods with fine netting (such as bridal netting from a fabric store) and tied to the stem with pipe cleaner. Allow the seeds to completely dry before storing.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 7, 2011 2:44 PM

Very heat and drought tolerant here in my zone. Easy to grow and will reseed and become invasive under some conditions. Plant is poisonous, especially the seeds.

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Posted by gingin (Fountain, Florida - Zone 8b) on Dec 6, 2011 3:36 PM

The seed pod on this datura is green and purple. The thorns are not as sharp as on some others.

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Plant Events from our members
Blondmyk On October 10, 2014 Maintenance performed
Have had these plants for years now, but have not been allowing them to create thornapples in favor of increased blooming. I started with 76 plants and am now down to 2. I'm allowing three thornapples to ripen on the vines in attempt to create fresh seed stock again.
piksihk On June 13, 2021 Bloomed
piksihk On March 24, 2020 Seeds sown
old seeds (jmglvr)
antsinmypants On April 5, 2021 Plant emerged
3
antsinmypants On March 6, 2021 Seeds sown
Indoors under lights
skylark On January 7, 2022 Bloomed
after nov xfer to Miami FL plants continue to bloom. removing seed capsules except for 1 for more blooms.
skylark On November 2, 2021 Bloomed
3 larger plants bloomed
skylark On December 25, 2020 Seeds sown
1 year old seeds
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