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Datura Genus

Trumpet flower

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General Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Humus-rich
  • WaterSemi-moist

Description

Datura genus (Trumpet flower). These are evergreen or semi evergreen shrubs, trees and annuals. There are about 8 species in this genus with fragrant flowers which will bloom in the summer and which are either white, purple or yellow. The foliage has a bad-smell. All the parts of the plants are narcotic and poisonous.

Characteristics

Annuals or Perennials, Fragrants

Other common names

Thorn apple

Origin

Mexico

Interest and use

Grown for their flowers borne mainly in summer-autumn.

Cultivation

It is frost hardy to frost tender, min 5C, and will prefer full light and fertile, well drained soil. You will need to water the containerized specimens freely in full growth, and moderately at other times. You will need to prune hard in the early spring.

Propagation

Propagation is by seeds in the spring or by greenwood or semi-ripe cuttings in early summer.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Whitefly and red spider mite may be troublesome.

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    Datura

    I am thinking about growing these plants from seeds. Any advice? I am sure I read somewhere to put the seeds in the fridge for 6 weeks?

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