Learn how to grow datura. Growing datura is easy and this medicinal herb doesn’t require any special care or attention.
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 datura is extremely easy. Just plant it in full sun in well-drained soil.
Humus-rich, well drained and calcareous soil is required for growing datura. However, it tolerates a variety of soil types.
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.
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.