I started this plant from seed received in the Texas native plant seed exchange/give-away. It has just been thrilling to watch this beautiful flower open this evening. DH (LEW_TEX) took the photos.
Photo #1 - Not quite all the way open.
Datura Jimson Weed
I have a couple plants that I got in the RU last fall and overwintered but they are just now making buds. What a lovely flower, was the smell nice also?
I did not notice a smell but the wind probably blew it away ! The flower is absolutely huge.
They usually smell very nice, hopefully a lot more flowers will follow.
Yes, it has four more buds in different stages of development.
They are really gorgeous, such a trill to watch them open!! The hummingbird moths will be coming to them at night, we used to go out with a flashlight to see them, so much fun!!!
I love the softness of the petal. Watch out early in the morning for bees, they love them too. I didn't get seeds to set at first, so I was helping the polenation along and almost got stung poking my fingers into the flowers. LOL!
Beautiful! So glad you posted this as I just bought a Datura at a native plant sale on Saturday!
Any special tips I should know before planting it? I noticed the plantfiles have it listed as an annual here but my info says it will be a perennial.
I am thinking of a full sun spot for a moonlight garden.
Any suggestions will be welcome.
I look at the Datura Wrightii, Jimsonweed I have as a hardy annual. Most years it will come back without problem, but ever now and again I will loose one. http://wildflower.org/plants/result.php?id_plant=DAWR2
Careful when touching the plant to wash your hands afterwards since all parts of the plant are toxic. My animals have never had a problem nor I but I am careful not to rub my eyes, etc. when I am out in the garden.
I think it is like Sheila said, good years a perennial, cold perhaps not. I got a couple fancy purple from someone at the fall RU and overwintered them in the house. One is about to bloom the other is just starting to grow back after breaking off. My two natives will bloom soon. I had some brugs last year but the squash beatles ate the flowers. I am hoping they don't like Daturas.
Dont harvest your garden veggies or chop up a salad after touching Jimson weed without a good handwashing. It will make you very sick and the doc's may take a while to figure out what caused your symptoms.
I got some annual ones as left overs from the plant sale. I don't know too much about these, but I think I got a good deal. It is a delightful bloom!
Thanks for your replies. The local native plant society gave a short, informative presentation before the sale and did mention how poisonous these plants are. I will be careful.
After seeing photos of the plants, I just had to have one. Now, after doing a little research, I'm afraid the bed I was going to put it in doesn't receive enough sun, just morning until about noon.
If that's the case, I guess I need another flower bed (grins.)
Any suggestions for a full sun, all white moonlight garden?
Maybe a white crape myrtle off to one side?
I had a white flower corner for a while.It included white salvia nemorosa. It blooms early and keeps on all summer. Loves the full sun. White yarrow...be careful it spreads easily, white wine cups, white cone flower and white/green striped large grass.
LMAO, what a SHOW OFF! You just had to throw me under the bus like that didnt you. ;) VERY beautiful, thank you for sharing that!
LOL!!!! ROFLOL!!!! Too funny! Yep, Josephine is the native guru.
I have had one that did very well in morning to noon sun. The evening blooms opened quicker I think also.
Oh, wow! Guess we will have more Datura here now that I see the possibilities. I only got around to planting out the one I posted photos of and have had two seedlings that have languished in their little pot. Was thinking of taking them to the RU but now they are going in the ground today !!! And will probably start some more seed.
Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos, Brandon and Josephine.
I didn't know it got that big! I didn't give it nearly enough room.
Thanks so much for sharing your ideas and pics!
Bananna, I love the white suggestions!
It seems I have more options than originally thought... hmmm.
Going to think on this a little more.
Well, that was the biggest I have ever seen, actually I don't know why it got so big because i didn't do anything special, dumb luck I guess.
I have 2 in the kitchen sink bed and they will get trimmed if they get much larger than they are now.
They don't mind being cut back several times....they just put out new growth and get fuller. They can spread out if you let them.
I love the datura pics!
One thing that confuses me, what is the difference between D. inoxia and wrightii?
Josephine would be the one to answer with authority, but I think it is the leaves. Some pictures in plantfiles however have both I think. Also the seed pot of the inoxia is oval and wrightii is round. But don't take my word....let Josephine tell us.
Well, here is a long explanation, if you scroll to where it says similar species it will tell you the differences which are small, bur Datura wrightii is the one native to Texas.
Thank you, Josephine. How interesting! I don't know I would have noticed the subtle differences on my own. cool.
Wow, Cheryl, that's beautiful !! Please post photo when it opens.
Very pretty Cheryl. I had one but I think it was over powered by too much shade.
I got a couple seedlings and some seed from someone at the fall RU. I will have to look and see who to thank. I didn't plant the seeds but now I might try them. I have yellow and other types of purple. That plant is in pretty much full sun with way too much water and rich soil.
I know that Anita, my friend who came to the fall RU, has lots of datura. Maybe it was from her.