Plant ID forum: Does anyone know what this plant is?

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Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Aug 27, 2016 5:21 AM CST
I have only one of these plants growing and it is HUGE. I am not sure if I winter sowed it and if I did, I have no idea what it is. I was thinking that it was a moon flower plant, not the vine. Does anyone have any idea? Here are several pictures of it. It is in the corner of one of my raised beds.
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The flower
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The seed pod
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The stalk
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Aug 27, 2016 6:12 AM CST
Datura
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Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Aug 27, 2016 6:17 AM CST
@Horntoad Thanks. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Is it hardy in zone 5a? Does it reseed? If it is Datura, I am not sure where it came from.
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Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
Region: Texas Region: Gulf Coast Charter ATP Member I helped beta test the first seed swap I helped plan and beta test the plant database. I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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Horntoad
Aug 27, 2016 8:13 AM CST
A lot of people grow Datura. I believe most are considered annuals. If you let that spikey ball turn brown and start to split open, you can save the seeds to replant were you want next year.
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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
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plantladylin
Aug 27, 2016 8:14 AM CST
My first thought was maybe Chinese thorn-apple (Datura quercifolia) which occurs in Iowa http://www.iowaplants.com/flora/family/Solanaceae/Datura/d_q... but I'm not sure because it also looks like Thorn Apple (Datura stramonium)
http://uswildflowers.com/detail.php?SName=Datura%20stramoniu... which is found all over the U.S.
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Name: Jeanne
Lansing, Iowa (Zone 5a)
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gardenglassgems
Aug 27, 2016 8:23 AM CST
Thanks Jay and Lin. I might take a branch of it to the extension office next week and see what they have to say about it. I will post my results. Thanks for your help. I do plan to harvest the seeds before they reseed themselves so I can control where it grows.
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