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Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 14, 2007
7:27 PM

Post #3189044

I just got some seeds for White MoonFlower, and I had no idea they were toxic until i read about it.

I have a field (State property) aside my yard, where i was planning on planting these. The field is filled with rabbits/babies and various other wild life.

Now I'm leery of planting them in case some of the animals take a nibble and die. (that would break my heart)

Are most animals "smart" enough to stay away, or have any of you noticed local wild life dying due to the toxicity of these plants?


North Saanich

February 14, 2007
10:39 PM

Post #3189647

Terese, they will stay away. I have watched deer go right up to my datura, take a sniff, and walk away. I have never had anything touch my datura or brugmansia!!

Anderson, IN
(Zone 5b)

February 14, 2007
10:58 PM

Post #3189725

My dogs never bothered my datura. Jimson weed is a wild datura and it is bad for cows but "smart" wildlife wont bother it.
South West, LA
(Zone 9a)

February 15, 2007
7:17 PM

Post #3192570

Ahhhh the poor dumb cows! LOL!! I have never seen anything eat it other than the cats but I have often wondered if the birds that eat them (the cats that have been eating datura) might be affected. In other words are the cats toxic?Anyone know??

Edited to clarify

This message was edited Feb 15, 2007 3:05 PM


mid central, FL
(Zone 9a)

February 15, 2007
7:23 PM

Post #3192591

isn't the white moonflower an Ipomoea? if that is the one you are talking about, they grow everywhere around here and i haven't seen the birds even looking twice at them and no dead birds either. maybe because they only open at night?
South West, LA
(Zone 9a)

February 15, 2007
8:08 PM

Post #3192753

Yes that is an Ipomea, but Moonflower is also a common name of white Datura.


Leesburg, FL
(Zone 9b)

February 15, 2007
8:49 PM

Post #3192965

thanks for all the info. I'd just hate for some lil animals to munch on it an die...

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