What is this night bloomer called?

Burleson, TX(Zone 8a)

I planted this because the leaves were so big and healthy looking, but I really thought it was a weed. Leaves looked like those tall things than grow around my round pen. Anyway, it's done nothing all summer except look healthy until it bloomed about three weeks ago. Tonight is the second time. I have no idea what it is.

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Scottsdale, AZ(Zone 9b)

sacred datura aka jimson weed

Burleson, TX(Zone 8a)

Thanks, love. See, I knew it was a weed.

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

LOL Sybil! My neighbor planted some last year and I told her they'd overtake her flower bed. Sure enough, I was right!

Scottsdale, AZ(Zone 9b)

sybram, you are very intuitive.

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

Keep it Sybil, it is beautiful and smells great.

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

I planted three or four of them years ago, and if you snip the spent blooms every few days they won't make seed to spread. I simply love them and so do the bees and hummers! The same plants will come up next year if you leave the roots. They do get large over one season but they are a Texas native too.

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Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

I actually wouldn't mind having one in my garden, but I'm afraid I'm too lazy to deadhead and I'd be living in Datura world before long.

Scottsdale, AZ(Zone 9b)

just make sure you snip off fruit before they have time to splatter.

Josephine, Arlington, TX(Zone 8a)

Also the plants are very easy to pull when they are small.

Burleson, TX(Zone 8a)

Well, I potted this one, so no problem, but it is so pretty I'm thinking I might set it out. Do they just bloom at night? Maybe that's just when I've happened to see it.

So excited about the RU. Can't wait to see everyone.

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

They bloom at night, but often stay open longer in the morning if it's cloudy or if the plant is in partial shade.

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

It will out grow a pot in no time. The plant loves the sun and one can produce loads of bloom that only bloom at one night and wilt with the sun hitting them in the morning. The moths love it at night. Josephine has a picture of one she planted at her church with almost a hundred blooms....georgeous!

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

If you have k-- it is a very bad plant- just like right now the Johnson Grass is turning to strychnine and will kill the cow that eats it!!! Be careful!

Burleson, TX(Zone 8a)

Wow, Sheila, 100 blooms! I bet that is beautiful. I think I'll transplant this one into the flower bed and try to keep it contained. I'm certainly not the most consistant gardner, so I might be sorry, but I think I'd like to try it.

Kittriana--k---?? I don't understand.

Magnolia, TX(Zone 8b)

iPhone auto correct- think I meant - if you have This highly poisonous plant, be careful handling it as well, very toxic! To people and animals!!!

Burleson, TX(Zone 8a)

Oh well, no need my worrying about what to do with it any more, as it shrivled up overnigtht. I water my porch plants at least every other day (sometimes every), but guess it outgrew it's pot and needed more.

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

Water it again and set it out under the tree line, in the back. I bet you will be pleasantly surprised. It will be back next year I bet.

Burleson, TX(Zone 8a)

I'l check it again, but last time I looked at it I think the stalk was sort of limp at the dirt level. Real busy week. Been getting ready for a Trade Days Saturday (last) to try to sell my pony. We did, and he went to a sweet family with a little girl. Now I'm pooped.

Talihina, OK

okay here is a pic of my purple moonflower I have lots of pix of it but this is loading so very slow

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Talihina, OK

Gonna try again to upload some more pic No problem with doing it a bit diferent I e mailed the pix to myself which downsized them and saved to my pictures on my hardrive

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Scottsdale, AZ(Zone 9b)

that is very pretty. I think it is fragrant as well.

Fort Worth, TX(Zone 8a)

Glad you are having success! I tried the double purple datura years ago and it struggled to make one bloom then died the next year. I wasn't into giving too much attention to my plants back then either.

Talihina, OK

I had these seeds (gifted) for a few years but just never got around to planting until late this year ..I got them up to transplanting size and by then it was too hot so I waited till it got cooler and set them into a large planter.That is when they did the Jack and the bean stalk thing,just shot up .By this time it was nearing frost time so I covered them and later moved to the back porch .This is where it now is still blooming and no two blooms are the exact same ..Actually there are 3 plants in the planter which probably explains that LOL it just now dawned on me about there being 3 plants ...

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