Growing Datura | How to Grow Jimsonweed

Learn how to grow datura. Growing datura is easy and this medicinal herb doesn’t require any special care or attention.datura_mini

Flowering: Summer to late fall
Flower color: White, pink, yellow, purple
Exposure: Full Sun
Soil pH: Neutral
Height: 30 cm to 1.5 m
Plant type: Flower, Medicinal Herb
Type of foliage: deciduous
USDA Hardiness Zones: 9 – 11
Propagation Method: Seed sowing, cuttings
Toxicity: All parts of the plant are toxic, its ingestion leads to a delirium or hallucinatory feeling for several hours
Species and Varieties: The genus includes about twenty species. Datura stramonium, the Jimsonweed is often considered a weed and is one of the most poisonous plants in Solanaceae family.
Other Names— Jimson weed, Devil’s snare, thornapple, moon flower, hell’s bells, devil’s trumpet, devil’s weed, tolguacha, Jamestown weed, stinkweed, locoweed, pricklyburr, and devil’s cucumber

The plant is recognizable by its large leaves of 20 cm, dark green with jagged edges. It has a bushier growth and the plant usually grow 60 cm high but it can grow up to nearly 1.5 m. The flowers are bright colored and appear in late summer. Followed by fruits that come in the size of a small apricot, covered with long needle like thorns.

Growing Daturadatura stramonium_mini

Growing datura is extremely easy. Just plant it in full sun in well-drained soil.

Soil

Humus-rich, well drained and calcareous soil is required for growing datura. However, it tolerates a variety of soil types.

Watering

Water your datura up regularly when it is establishing. Once matured, it doesn’t require watering as it seeks water deeply into the soil with the help of its long taproot.

Invasiveness

This plant is considered a weed. It can easily become invasive if grown in favorable conditions.

Pests and Diseases

The plant doesn’t bother by pests and diseases much. Still, spider mites, whiteflies, and mealybugs may attack it.

Uses and Effects

Datura stramonium contains powerful alkaloids. The plant if ingested can cause hallucinations, tachycardia, muscle weakness, and amnesia.

It is mainly used for medicinal purposes as a sedative. In Ayurveda, it is used to treat asthma or a cough.  



1 COMMENT

  1. DO NOT GROW THIS! It is a deadly poison. The lethal dose is very close to the hallucinogenic dose. It is the famous ‘loco weed’, causing disorientation in cattle and horses, who may stampede and cause injury. It can kill children who eat some. Get another hallucinogen if that is what you want.
    DO NOT USE IT FOR MEDICINE if you are not a doctor or licenced, trained professional of the sort who can measure the doses and treat any overdoses. I don’t even know if OD can be treated.
    DANGER, better to leave this one alone.

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