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Cambridge Feral Datura
Cambridge Feral Datura
Cambridge Feral Datura
Cambridge Feral Datura

Cambridge Feral Datura

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Datura stramonium

Origin: Cambridge, Massachusetts

Improvement status: Wild

Seeds per packet: ~50

Germination tested 12/2020: 24%

Life cycle: Annual

Datura is a beautiful and adaptable annual flower, with a well-deserved and notorious reputation as one of the most poisonous plants around. Also known as "jimsonweed" and "thorn apple", many unsuspecting thrill-seekers have been sickened or killed by ingesting this plant hoping for a fun hallucinogenic trip. Others have died after eating the leaves, mistaking it for the leaves of an edible cousin in the same nightshade family. It contains atropine, among many other bioactive compounds, and it does have a long history of traditional medicinal use, in addition to its shamanic/magical use. Today it is most often used by herbalists in ointments or salves, but users must exercise extreme caution. Georgia O'Keefe famously painted the flowers of this beautiful plant many times (one such painting sold for $44 million!). The plant can become an annoying weed if left to its own devices (it is a problematic weed for us in our field in New Jersey), so removing all seeds and/or deadheading is strongly recommended. Plant can serve as a trap crop for pests of other nightshade, like the Colorado Potato Beetle. For a longer flowering season or if mature seeds are desired in short season areas, start indoors 3-5 weeks before last frost. These plants are descended from a feral population in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and come to us from Aaron Parker of Edgewood Nursery in Maine. Prohibited in Connecticut and Pennsylvania (check our local regulations before planting).

IMPORTANT NOTE: All parts of the plant are poisonous! Do not consume!!