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Datura ferox

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Datura (duh-TOO-ruh) (Info)
Species: ferox (FER-oks) (Info)

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Seed is poisonous if ingested
All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested
Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Light Blue
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
Suitable for growing in containers

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:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral cornpurge On Sep 18, 2010, cornpurge from Sugar Land, TX wrote:

Plant just showed up next to my driveway. I have no idea how it got there. Possibly in bird seed. What an evil plant!

Positive susied On Sep 25, 2004, susied from Norwalk, CT (Zone 5b) wrote:

this plant is maintained in the herb garden of the Cloisters (part of the Met NYC) which is a replication of a 15th-17th C. herb garden. Every plant in the garden has a use and would have been grown by herbalists. This is Zone 5-6 and is reseeded manually every year. It can be overwintered as a houseplant in this zone or can be reseeded. The Giant Grasshopper (4") at the NY Botanical Gardens did not find the leaves poisonous.


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

Petaluma, California
Woodacre, California
Fort Myers, Florida
Orange Park, Florida
De Soto, Kansas
Shady Side, Maryland
Lakeview, Michigan
Austin, Texas

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