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Datura wrightii is often confused with:
Datura stramonium Datura stramonium
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Ipomoea alba Flower
Nymphaea odorata Flower and Lillypads
Viola canadensis Viola canadensis

Sacred Datura Datura wrightii

Phonetic Spelling
duh-TOO-ruh RITE-ee-eye
This plant has low severity poison characteristics.
See below
Description

Angel Trumpet is in the nightshade family, the same family as potatoes and tomatoes.  It is native to the southwestern USA and Mexico and is found in open or disturbed land and along roadsides with well-drained (sandy) soils. It is also commonly planted as an ornamental, especially in xeriscapes due to its drought-tolerant characteristics. The large tuberous roots are very long and thick.

The large trumpet-shaped white flowers are showy and open in the evening and are gone by noon. They are pollinated by moths. It grows in a sprawling habit and can reach 6 feet wide and 2-5 feet tall. It is considered weedy in the parts of the west.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#poisonous#fragrant flowers#white flowers#moths#weedy#large leaves#deer resistant#nighttime garden#large flowers#night-flowering
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#poisonous#fragrant flowers#white flowers#moths#weedy#large leaves#deer resistant#nighttime garden#large flowers#night-flowering
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Datura
    Species:
    wrightii
    Family:
    Solanaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    Native Americans used it in religious ceremonies and for medicinal purposes.
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Seed
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    SW. & S. Central U.S.A. to Northern Mexico
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Resistant to damage by deer.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 3 ft. 0 in. - 6 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Poisonous
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Erect
    Spreading
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Maintenance:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Coarse
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Very Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8a, 8b, 9b, 9a, 10a, 10b, 11a, 11b, 12b, 12a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Brown/Copper
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Spiny capsules with black seeds are 1 inch across.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Long Bloom Season
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Trumpet
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    fused petals
    Flower Size:
    3-6 inches
    Flower Description:
    The fragrant trumpet flowers are up to 6 inches long and 4 inches across. The blooms are white and sometimes have purple tinting around the margins. The 5 fused petals have five narrow points spaced symmetrically around the rim.
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Rough
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Cordate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Undulate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    The leaves are up to to 6 inches long and 4 inches wide with fine hairs on the undersides. The margins are entire or wavy, tips pointed and prominent lighter veins. Bases are asymmetrical. They are foul-smelling.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Form:
    Straight
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Gray-green stems have fine hairs
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Naturalized Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Nighttime Garden
    Rock Garden
    Design Feature:
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Moths
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Problems:
    Problem for Cats
    Problem for Children
    Problem for Dogs
    Problem for Horses
  • Poisonous to Humans:
    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:
    Bark
    Flowers
    Fruits
    Leaves
    Roots
    Seeds