Devil's Trumpet, Horn of Plenty, Downy Thorn Apple
Datura metel 'Black Currant Swirl'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Datura (duh-TOO-ruh) (Info)
Species: metel (MET-el) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Currant Swirl
Synonym:Datura fastuosa
Synonym:Datura chlorantha
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Category:

Annuals

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Purple

Bloom Time:

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Herbaceous

Blue-Green

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

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

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Parrish, Alabama

Casa Grande, Arizona

Glendale, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona (2 reports)

Queen Creek, Arizona

Batesville, Arkansas

August, California

Garden Valley, California

Grass Valley, California

Hesperia, California

Long Beach, California

San Dimas, California

Silverado, California

Denver, Colorado

Alachua, Florida

Bartow, Florida

Brooksville, Florida (2 reports)

Cape Canaveral, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida

Deland, Florida (2 reports)

Fernandina Beach, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida (2 reports)

Hollywood, Florida

Jacksonville Beach, Florida

Lakeland, Florida

Miami Beach, Florida

Naples, Florida

Navarre, Florida

Nokomis, Florida

North Palm Beach, Florida

Ocoee, Florida

Odessa, Florida

Orange Park, Florida

Pompano Beach, Florida

Saint Augustine, Florida

Saint Petersburg, Florida

Sarasota, Florida

Sebring, Florida

Tampa, Florida

Valrico, Florida

Colbert, Georgia

Gainesville, Georgia

Nahunta, Georgia

Patterson, Georgia

Valdosta, Georgia

Hawaiian Ocean View, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii

Downers Grove, Illinois

Davenport, Iowa

Barbourville, Kentucky

Hopkinsville, Kentucky

Shepherdsville, Kentucky

Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Deridder, Louisiana

Kenner, Louisiana

Lake Charles, Louisiana

Natchitoches, Louisiana

Schriever, Louisiana

Woodsboro, Maryland

Faribault, Minnesota

Lake George, Minnesota

Gautier, Mississippi

Mathiston, Mississippi

Picayune, Mississippi

New Milford, New Jersey

Averill Park, New York

Levittown, New York

Beaufort, North Carolina

Concord, North Carolina

Greenville, North Carolina

Bucyrus, Ohio

Dundee, Ohio

Perrysburg, Ohio

Youngstown, Ohio

Yukon, Oklahoma

Portland, Oregon

Scio, Oregon

Hamburg, Pennsylvania

Columbia, South Carolina

Conway, South Carolina

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Summerville, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Cookeville, Tennessee

Pocahontas, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Beaumont, Texas

Broaddus, Texas

Crockett, Texas

Denison, Texas

Desoto, Texas

El Campo, Texas

Ennis, Texas

Fabens, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Groesbeck, Texas

Houston, Texas (3 reports)

Kingsland, Texas

Kurten, Texas

La Porte, Texas

San Angelo, Texas

San Antonio, Texas

Santa Fe, Texas

Victoria, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Kalama, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

Janesville, Wisconsin

West Bend, Wisconsin

Wild Rose, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:

16
positives
2
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Neutral

On Jun 8, 2011, Bazuhi from Downers Grove, IL (Zone 5a) wrote:

I just received a plant that a friend of mine who had started them by seed this spring of 2011.. I have never had one of these so this will be a new experience for me and I am pretty excited. Of course I will grow it as an annual and save some seeds for next year. I heard they do not like wet soil and since I have clay some of my areas seem to take forever to dry so I think I found the perfect area in full sun. My big concern is where I plant it since I have 3 large dogs that are twig, grass, dried leaf eaters. I ended up fencing it off to keep them away from the plant.
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As you know I received this plant from a friend... read more

Neutral

On Oct 26, 2008, artemiss from Toledo, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

It is a very pretty plant..for those in more southern zones that is. I didn't get my first bloom until we were having our first frosts.

Positive

On Jul 24, 2007, kurantkat from Long Beach, CA wrote:

Thanks to this site, I now know they produce seed pods. I 'deadheaded' the first flush. Ah, well...

This plant may be poisonous to ingest, but it sure is a feast for the eyes and the nose! I caught a fragrant whiff in our garden this evening and was pleasantly surprised to find that one of the Purple People Eaters flowers is in full bloom -- it was just a huge bud two days ago! I purchased this plant from Michigan Bulb -- actually had to ask for a replacement of the first one they sent because that remained three inches tall for months, with just the leaves getting larger and larger. Things worked out the second time, though. I am now enjoying the second flush of flowers from our three-month old plant. I repotted it to a 12-inch terra cotta pot and was rewarded with six flo... read more

Positive

On Apr 24, 2006, SudieGoodman from Broaddus, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

Zone 8b, Broaddus, TX southeast
In summer of 2005 I purchased a pot of 'Black Currant Swirl' Datura metel in a 10" pot.It produced blooms and seed pods. I planted seeds and made several other plants. I placed pot in full sun with success. I left one pot outside of greenhouse. My winter temperature dropped to 20 degs. The Dature sprouted again this Spring of 2006. It is an easy plant to grow; whose beauty is majestic.
Please give this one a try; you will be pleased.
Happy successful gardening

Positive

On Mar 27, 2005, larcatz from Ocoee, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

I have been collecting seeds for about a year now and I have many new plants from my Devil's Trumpet. What a great plant

Positive

On Oct 21, 2004, GeoNate from San Dimas, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

The white and dark purple are an interesting contrast. I have a relatively young plant and it has already produced seeds. I stuck one in the ground out of curiosity and was supprised to find it growing the next day. An interesting way of remembering the difference between Trumpets: Devil's Trumpet look up at heaven, while Angel's Trumpet look down.

Positive

On Aug 17, 2004, flamingonut from New Milford, NJ wrote:

Lovely plant. I had winter sown this successfully in Feb04 and it germinated in Apr04. Have had a few occurances of three lined potato beetle trouble; the beetle lays it's yellow eggs on the underside of the leaf and when the larvae hatch, they begin to devour the leaf; very nasty looking. The first occurance was back in Jun04, and it's been fine until today, Aug04. Found one beetle and one cluster of eggs; promptly destroyed both...

Positive

On Dec 7, 2003, aking1a from Baton Rouge, LA (Zone 8b) wrote:

Absolutely NO CARE ! I grow them along with the Brugsmansia and have had good success in full sun and in part shade. While an annual, a few of mine in protected areas "regenerated" in the spring. The more sun exposure, the shorter the plant and larger the flowers, less sun exposure, greater height but still plenty of flowers. The purple stems and deep green foliage is quite striking against the lighter color foliage of the Brugs. Planted in front of the larger Brugs, Datura covers / hides the leggy lower stems of the Brug.

Positive

On Nov 1, 2003, onalee from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I've grown MANY of these from seeds; they are easily propagated from seeds, although some patience is required, as some seedlings take much longer than others to emerge -up to 21 days. These are easily started in pots and transplanted to the garden - I usually plant 3 - 4 in one 5" pot and then transplant them to their own pots when they get their first real leaf. They will grow fast if you keep transplanting them up to larger pots and don't let them get root-bound. I usually put them in the garden when they are 1' or more high. These require pretty much full sun to bloom and do well. I have found if they are planted in the shade with will have few blooms. Partial sun is ok, but they will be more 'leggy'. They will bloom in pots if you keep them in the sun and keep moving them up to ... read more

Positive

On Oct 2, 2003, rgreenlee wrote:

I love this plant. I always knew it as a Datura, never knew it was called so many other names. I have bought it as a plant and have grown it from seed. I have mine planted next to my Moon Flowers and they compliment each other, blooming at night.... I live in Austin, TX and it grows and blooms beautifully.

Robin G.

Positive

On Aug 26, 2003, hammer747 from Nahunta, GA wrote:

This plant grew on its own where a chicken coop used to be. It has a beautiful triple-purple flower and large dark green leaves with a sturdy dark purple stem. It's 6.5 feet tall and growing. We usally get 1-3 blooms per night. The fragrance is overwhelming. There are several seed pods.

We have had rain everyday for the last 2 months, and our temperatures have been around 90F. We love this plant.

Positive

On Aug 25, 2003, amiey from Gautier, MS (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant is outstanding for the stark difference in colors. I recently obtained my first purple and loved the first flush of blooms. I have other peach/lite yellow bloomer with a wonderful scent, and I want to learn everything about brugs; at this point, I only have bits and pieces.

Positive

On Jul 29, 2003, Perzephone wrote:

I'm trying to get some landscaping going here at my new house, and I saw a few pics of the 'Black Currant Swirl' Datura on Webshots. I've been in love with Datura for a very long time.

I've always had good luck growing the plant myself, but I've never tried it anywhere but on the west coast - California, Washington & Nevada (U.S.) I saw a lot of Tree Datura in New Orleans, but lived in an apartment there, so I never got to experiment with growing any myself.

Positive

On Jul 19, 2003, gordo from Gulfport, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Datura metel is a showpiece in the Florida garden. The picture I uploaded demonstrates the plant's ability to produce up to three distinct blossoms within blossoms. Although some daturas are without fragrance, this particular plant produces flowers with a delicate, slightly spicy aroma. A most welcome garden sentry.

Positive

On Jun 4, 2003, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

Datura metel has grown in my perennial bed for several years, reseeding itself with plenty of plants to give away. This is in central Florida, east of Tampa. Last year a cold spell killed them and no new seedlings have sprouted.

The lovely flowers have won blue ribbons at the flower show in the past.

Positive

On May 19, 2003, waltkeen wrote:

Excellent fast growing. Accepts all soil types, ie: clay alkaline. Blooms year round here in Phoenix, AZ. Loves water. Will not tolerate direct sunlight, causes leaves to shrink and or drop. Beautiful flowers. You'll never be without enough seeds. Favorite food of giant horn worm caterpillar.

Positive

On Nov 3, 2002, cats wrote:

I grew 'Black Currant Swirl' a couple of years ago, and it was just beautiful. I didn't have the proper place for it during the winter, so I had to give it to one my friends. I tried growing it from one of the seeds again, and it grew but it never bloomed. I am not sure why that happened.

This summer I had pale purple ones growing in my flower bed, they were over 5 ft tall, but not really that many blooms on them. I guess the weather would play a big part, as the nights got quite cool and we did not have really hot days.

Positive

On Jul 28, 2002, MaVieRose from High Desert, CA (Zone 8a) wrote:

'Black Currant Swirl' is dark purple with creamy color center. It is very fragrant that permeates the air at night. The plant stands to 3 feet and the main stem is dark purple in color, too.