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allgr8dogs
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 8, 2012
6:22 AM

Post #9299333

About 7-8 years ago I received some seeds for purple tinged daturas which I planted but nothing ever grew. Two years ago I was given a small Datura wrightii plant which I kept in a pot. The Datura wrightii had beautiful white blossoms. I took seeds from this plant and strew them under a new tree we planted, and up came daturas with definite purple tinged blossoms... I think the flash washed out the purple tinge from the opened blossoms, because it doesn't show in the pics, and sadly I can't transmit the lovely fragrance coming from these blossoms, either.
allgr8dogs
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 8, 2012
6:24 AM

Post #9299336

for some reason the pics didn't post...

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judyb
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9a)

October 8, 2012
7:06 AM

Post #9299387

That's very pretty!
allgr8dogs
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 8, 2012
7:21 AM

Post #9299407

I don't know if you'll be able to see all of the bees in these pics, but they certainly are loving on the Datura. There must have been 40-50 bees buzzing around. I'm happy to see them in such numbers. There were a couple of years that I would only see one or two bees.

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lovetropics
Scottsdale, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 8, 2012
10:40 AM

Post #9299642

they look so pretty. Are they fragrant as well?

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

October 8, 2012
11:46 AM

Post #9299699

Do Datura grow well in a pot? How big of a pot? I just pulled out this year's plants and the main stem was huge at about 3 inches across. It was very hard to dig out.

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allgr8dogs
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 8, 2012
9:59 PM

Post #9300255

Yes they are wonderfully fragrant, and yep - I'v had one in a pot for about 2-3 years.
2ndChance
Tempe, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 9, 2012
5:53 PM

Post #9301008

3 INCHES? Why would you kill something so happy?

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Fish_knees

Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

October 9, 2012
7:41 PM

Post #9301107

Probably the same reason I whacked this one. They get out of control. The seed pods are wicked thorny covered with barbs and pretty soon your entire yard is covered with them and horn worms ewwww

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Fish_knees
Phoenix, AZ

October 9, 2012
7:42 PM

Post #9301108

:( I just noticed in this pic Spike is looking out the window...
allgr8dogs
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 9, 2012
8:13 PM

Post #9301131

So far mine haven't gotten out of control. I have to admit I like the hornworms, too. They grow into Sphinx moths, and if I have too many I take them to my school for the biology teachers. Of course, I also collect road kill for them. They were very excited to get the remains of a porcupine (which I didn't realize that we had as far south as Montezuma's Castle)...

2ndChance
Tempe, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 10, 2012
5:59 AM

Post #9301332

You're an odd duck, Jackie. please post photo of porcupine remains.

NancySLAZ

NancySLAZ
Sun Lakes, AZ
(Zone 9a)

October 10, 2012
8:09 AM

Post #9301454

Fishy said it all as to why I pulled the plant out. It only takes one summer of growing to look like her picture. Also, it just takes up so much space in my little garden. I have had them in the ground for several years when they reseed. I am definitely going to try a pot next time.
Crista
Gilbert, AZ

October 10, 2012
12:45 PM

Post #9301645

So pretty! Shame they're so invasive.
allgr8dogs
Phoenix, AZ
(Zone 9b)

October 10, 2012
12:56 PM

Post #9301652

Daturas only grow where you water them...kind of like ruelias, I guess. I didn't take pics of the porcupine remains, as it sure wasn't pretty. I did, or rather I should say Jake found that apparently you can still get stuck by the quills when sniffing the remains. They weren't as deeply stuck as when my dogs tangled with porupines back east, but I was surprised that they could still stick at all...

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