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Datura wrightii (Sacred Datura)

Jimsonweed, Sacred Thorn-apple, Thorn-apple, Angel Trumpet, Sacred Datura, Datura inoxia ssp. quinquecuspida, Datura metel var. quinquecuspida


Datura wrightii (Sacred Datura) is a large, sprawling, tender perennial often grown as an annual, boasting very large, upward-facing white trumpets, up to 8 in. long (20 cm), sometimes tinged purple. Blooming from late spring to frost, the ravishing blossoms open in the late afternoon and last until noon the following day. Fragrant, the flowers are rich in nectar and attract sphinx or hawk moths. They give way to globe-shaped capsules covered with spines that split open when ripe to release their numerous seeds. The dense foliage of large, velvety, dark green leaves is covered with fine downy hairs. It exudes an unpleasant odor when bruised or crushed. Sacred datura dies back to the ground after winter freezes, but resprouts with the return of warm weather. Datura is often confused with Brugmansia, however the latter has pendant trumpets which last for several days and woody stems. Sacred Datura can easily be incorporated into a water-wise landscape. Place it where the fragrance of its spectacular flowers and moth activity can be enjoyed.

  • Grows up to 4-5 ft. tall and wide (120-150 cm).
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in dry, well-drained soils.
  • Perfect for beds and borders, Mediterranean gardens or containers.
  • May be grown from seed.
  • Virtually pest and disease free.
  • Native from Central California to northern Mexico; east across the Southwest to Texas.
  • All parts are highly toxic if ingested and sap may be an irritant

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spread 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Plant Type Annuals, Perennials
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spread 4' – 5' (120cm – 150cm)
Spacing 60" (150cm)
Water Needs Low
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil, Deer, Rabbit, Dry Soil
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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