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Datura ceratocaula

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Datura (duh-TOO-ruh) (Info)
Species: ceratocaula (ser-uh-toh-KAW-luh) (Info)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

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

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Very high moisture needs; suitable for bogs and water gardens

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From woody stem cuttings
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; germinate in a damp paper towel

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Opoetree On Aug 10, 2007, Opoetree from Oak View, CA wrote:

This plant grows wild in my area. We let them alone because we enjoy their beauty...and the scent is wildly attractive! I always look forward to spotting where one will turn up unannounced...but, definitely welcomed!

Neutral poppysue On Jan 1, 2002, poppysue from Westbrook, ME (Zone 5a) wrote:

Datura ceratocaula is the only species that naturally grows in shallow water or swamp conditions. It grows 12-36 inches tall and the leaves are toothed with short white hairs on the undersides. All summer it bears wide, funnel-shaped flowers that are white to pale pink and have a bluish tint on the outer sides. The seedpods are smooth (no spines), hang downward, and will fall apart when the seeds are ripe. Growth is rather sparse compared to other species but the large fragrant flowers make them worthy of cultivation. The 7-inch blooms open up in mid-day and close the following morning. A large group planting will provide the nicest display. D.ceratocaula will do best in a sunny and warm location. A damp soil or shallow water is best but they will tolerate ordinary garden soil with sufficient watering.

Remember that all parts of datura are toxic, including the seeds


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

Hereford, Arizona
Oak View, California
Palm Coast, Florida
East Brookfield, Massachusetts
Cottage Grove, Oregon
Bellingham, Washington

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