Common name: Jimson weed Datura
Origin: South America
Height at maturity: 1 to 2 meters
Plant type: flowering plant
Flowering: June to frost
Flower color: white
Type of soil: rich in humus and draining
Watering: normal, without excess
Use: isolated, clump, pot or tray
Diseases and pests: scale insects, red spider mites
Toxicity: all parts of the plant are poisonous
Storage of seeds: 1 year in a dry place away from light at 3/4°C (refrigerator)
Jimson weed can reach 2 meters in height under the right conditions. This plant produces superb, solitary, white flowers. They are large, 10 to 12 cm long, with corollas fused into a tube opening into a funnel with five slightly marked lobes, the calyx, also fused into a tube, is pale green, shorter than the corolla and terminated by five lobes.
The flowering period extends from May-June until frost.
The leaves are large (20cm), oval, strongly sinuate and have sharp teeth. The fruits have a size of 5 to 7cm in diameter covered with a down of slender prickles.
The datura loses its foliage in winter but the plant will come back the following spring.
Be careful because all varieties of Datura are toxic and poisonous.