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Thorn-apple Datura stramonium

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
dah-TOO-rah stra-MOH-nee-um
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Annual herb or herbaceous perennial, stem green to purplish, ill-scented, with alternate, simple, coarsely toothed leaves; flower solitary, large, tubular with 5 shallow lobes at top, white or lavender. Flowers open at night and are quite fragrant and fed upon by nocturnal moths.

It is found in weedy in disturbed areas, along roadsides, old fields, pastures, waste places; landscape as weed in gardens

While all parts of poisionus, it is mainly the seeds and leaves.  It is toxic only in large quanities.  

Frost sensitive

Cultivars:
Tags:
#showy flowers#poisonous#lavender#white flowers#weed#wildlife plant#moths#roadside#pastures#large flowers
Cultivars:
Tags:
#showy flowers#poisonous#lavender#white flowers#weed#wildlife plant#moths#roadside#pastures#large flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Datura
    Species:
    stramonium
    Family:
    Solanaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North America
    Wildlife Value:
    Attracts moths.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Poisonous
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Description:
    Egg-shaped seed capsule can be spiny or smooth, with many glossy black seeds.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Shape:
    Trumpet
    Flower Petals:
    fused petals
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Attracts:
    Moths
    Problems:
    Weedy
  • Poison:
    Poison Severity:
    Low
    Poison Symptoms:
    Hot, dry, and flushed skin, hallucinations, pupil dilation, headache, delirium, rapid and weak pulse, convulsions, and coma
    Poison Toxic Principle:
    Tropane alkaloids
    Causes Contact Dermatitis:
    No
    Poison Part:
    Leaves
    Seeds