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Datura stramonium

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Jimson weed is part of the Datura genus. Its scientific name is Datura stramonium.

This is a bushy annual, the stem is smooth and green, the leaves are indented and dark green. It is grown for the flowers that arise from the leaf axils, they have a short stalk surounded by a green caylix. A tubular bud opens to a trumpet shaped sweet smelling flower. The plant flowers in the summer and a spiky round seed capsule is formed that ripens to the ‘thorn apple’ containing the seeds. All parts are poisonous

It is a flower that typically grows as an annual, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of a single year.

Jimson weed normally grows to a mature height of 1.50 metres (that's 4.88 feet imperial). This plant tends to bloom in late summer.

India is believed to be where Jimson weed originates from.

Jimson weed is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Jimson weed have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Jimson weed

All parts poisonous

Keep in mind when planting that Jimson weed is thought of as tender, so it is really important to ensure that the outside temperature is well above freezing before planting or moving outdoors.

See our list of companion Plants for Jimson weed to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Jimson weed from seed

Sow seed in early spring indoors in warmth

Transplanting Jimson weed

Plant out into a sunny border after frost has past. Groen for the sweetly smelling blooms and characteristic seed pods

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Jimson weed is a tender plant.

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Jimson weed Etymology

The generic name ‘Datura’ is derived from ‘Dhat’, an Indian word for poison.

Jimson weed Folklore & Trivia

Datura leaf is used to extract naturally occuring alkaloids, principally hyoscine and hyoscyamine.

Other names for Jimson weed

Gypsum weed, Ditch weed, Stink weed, Loco weed, Korean morning glory, Jamestown weed, Thorn apple, Angel's trumpet, Devil's trumpet, Devil's snare, Devil's seed, Mad hatter, Crazy tea, Malpitte, The devil's balls, Zombie cucumber

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