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California Gardening: Rare Desert Plant Seed

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Palm Desert, CA
(Zone 11)

April 21, 2012
10:33 PM

Post #9092390

I made an amazing find--- Growing in a wash, which is a weather-disturbed area here in the CA desert, I found a mature, flowering Jimson Weed (datura wrightii) with several seed pods. This is the "Sacred Datura" of the local Native Americans.It is rare, when I was young we used to find it, but I have not seen one thriving like this in 30 years.(Urbanization has destroyed it's habitat) It is growing with NO water source,on annual desert rainfall ONLY, and has about 20 fabulous white flowers on the bush, which is about 4 feet across. I have a few seeds already wild-harvested from this plant, and there will be more, as it has several green seed pods.
I plan on taking pictures next week, and will post them. If you are interested in exotic desert plants, contact me. K.
No Central, AZ
(Zone 7b)

April 22, 2012
8:09 PM

Post #9093622

Is that the narcotic version?
Lucerne Valley, CA
(Zone 8a)

May 23, 2012
11:54 AM

Post #9135272

This plant thrives locally where I live! It is literally everywhere! I love it.
Lee's Summit, MO
(Zone 6a)

August 14, 2012
5:18 PM

Post #9241701

Lots of folks grow it here, too. I just harvested about 200 seeds this week. It grows in SOME fields around here, too.
No Central, AZ
(Zone 7b)

August 15, 2012
8:09 PM

Post #9243048

It is growing wild in our new location here in the high desert (4800 ft) of AZ. The monsoon rains have a bunch of them growing in the (only) month we have been here. The one near the front door has gone from zero to 5 ft spread in that time. The bees love them -- not a good thing next to the door, lol.
Menifee, CA
(Zone 9a)

August 12, 2013
2:54 PM

Post #9628743

We have them along the so-far-still-dirt roads, & in some of the unplowed fields, in Menifee, CA.

Their is more than one kind, & they are ALL HIGHLY TOXIC!

"...All parts of Datura plants contain dangerous levels of the tropane alkaloids atropine, hyoscyamine and scopolamine which are classified as deliriants, or anticholinergics. There is a HIGH RISK of FATAL OVERDOSE amongst uninformed users, and many hospitalizations occur amongst recreational users who ingest the plant for its psychoactive effects..."

That is why people go out of their way to keep them from growing where their children & animals are!
Menifee, CA
(Zone 9a)

January 27, 2014
7:47 PM

Post #9757059

You know Karen, I have them here on the farm, growing wild. And thanks to you I also have Mexican Petunia. Thanks sweetie. : - )
Are we going to see you again at the Spring RU?
I'm starting lots of Milkweed, still have some lantana, bananas and who knows what I'll find to thin out of my garden.
No Central, AZ
(Zone 7b)

February 8, 2014
6:42 PM

Post #9765288

Is there a Spring, 2014 RU?
Manhattan Beach, CA
(Zone 10b)

February 16, 2014
8:59 PM

Post #9770614

I have one of these in my back yard. I love it and am looking for plants with yellow and peach trumpet flowers.

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