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Datura metel 'Purple Petticoats'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Datura (duh-TOO-ruh) (Info)
Species: metel (MET-el) (Info)
Cultivar: Purple Petticoats

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23 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Seed is poisonous if ingested
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral FLOWER_FANATIC On Jul 19, 2011, FLOWER_FANATIC from Columbus, OH wrote:

Just purchased this plant from Seely's Nursery in Hilliard, Ohio today. They had them for about $12.00 with 40% off. It looks like a beautiful flower and can't wait to see what it looks like open. Will try to collect seed and plant them in fall. zone5b/6a.

Positive dixielol On Nov 13, 2009, dixielol from Dunmor, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

I LOVE these flowers!!! Was also blessed with loads of seeds this year. I'm not sure if it will grow in my zone 6a garden but I know my mom has grown Calla Lilys in this zone for over 13 years with no problems so next year I will give it a shot & see if it can make it through our winters.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Gibsonton, Florida
Mankato, Minnesota
Lincoln, Nebraska
Cincinnati, Ohio
Columbus, Ohio
Fairfield, Ohio
Turner, Oregon
Austin, Texas (2 reports)
Brazoria, Texas
Carrollton, Texas
La Marque, Texas
Mont Belvieu, Texas
Richmond, Texas

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