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Marcus, Joseph A.
Datura wrightii Regel
Sacred thorn-apple, Jimsonweed, Thorn apple, Datura, Angel Trumpet, Sacred datura
USDA Symbol: dawr2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Large, trumpet-shaped, white corollas, generally withered by early morning, protrude from the coarse foliage of this stout, branched, rank-smelling plant.
Extracts from this plant and its relatives are narcotic and, when improperly prepared, lethal. The narcotic properties of species have been known since before recorded history. They once figured importantly in religious ceremonies of southwestern Indians.
The species name of this plant is for Charles Wright, 1811-1885, world-wide botanical collector but mainly in Texas (1837-1852), Cuba and his native Connecticut.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Leaf Arrangement: Alternate Breeding System:
Flowers Bisexual Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , FL , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , NC , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , PA , RI , SC , TX , UT , VA , WV , WY Native Distribution:
Central California to northern Mexico; east across the Southwest to Texas. Native Habitat:
Often found in floodplains throughout Texas. Well-drained loam, sand, clay. USDA Native Status: L48(N), PR(N), VI(I)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay, Acid-based, Calcareous
Conditions Comments: Jimsonweed is a branching forb that blooms large, white, fragrant, trumpet-like flowers from evening through morning. The flowers protrude from the coarse foliage of this stout, rank-smelling plant. The wilted flowers are somewhat unsightly in the afternoon, but extremely showy in the evening and morning. All parts of the plant are highly toxic .
BenefitUse Ornamental: Perennial
garden, Bog or pond area, Showy Use Medicinal:
Indigenous people such as the Aztecs used jimsonweed for healing purposes. Use Other:
The narcotic properties of species have been known since before recorded history. They once figured importantly in religious ceremonies of southwestern Indians. Warning:
Extracts from this plant and its relatives are narcotic and, when improperly prepared, lethal. All parts of this plant are poisonous to humans and animals. Conspicuous Flowers:
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Seed started in January should make nice 4 by April. Very cold weather could delay growth. New plants could be started mid-summer for fall 4 but plants freeze back so fall is not the best planting time.
Seed Collection: Collect seeds in late fall.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2010-11-08
Research By: TWC Staff