Jimson Weed (Datura stramonium)

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Datura stramonium Accepted
Datura inermis Synonym
Datura bernhardii Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Dry
Plant Height: 24 - 60 inches
Plant Spread: 12 - 36 inches
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Lavender
White
Bloom Size: 5"-6"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Late summer or early fall
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Toxicity: Leaves are poisonous
Roots are poisonous
Fruit is poisonous
Other: All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Start indoors
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Jimson Weed

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Posted by mellielong (Lutz, Florida - Zone 9b) on Apr 17, 2015 10:47 PM

The book "How to Know the Wildflowers" (1922) by Mrs William Starr Dana gives the common names of "Thorn-Apple" and "Jamestown-Weed" to this plant. I've always heard it called either Devil's Trumpet or Jimson Weed, but I suppose that's why we have Latin names to keep us all straight.

The author states that the showy white flowers are found in waste places during the summer and autumn, "a heap of rubbish forming their usual unattractive background." She considers the plant to be rank and ill-scented. She also notes that it was introduced from Asia and "was so associated with civilization as to be called the 'white man's plant' by the Indians." She warns that this genus possesses narcotic-poisonous properties.

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