Hardiness: USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 °C (-20 °F) USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 °C (-15 °F) USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 °C (-10 °F) USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 °C (-5 °F) USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 °C (0 °F) USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 °C (5 °F) 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
Danger: 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: Flowers are fragrant This plant is suitable for growing indoors Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
On Nov 7, 2008, deerfarmer from Bellville, TX wrote:
deerfarmer, in bellville, texas states that datura metal has been a joy to watch. Interesting I have two slightly different plants of the same species: one has light purple and white flowers with green bracets holding the flower, and the second growing in the same medium has darkpurple floweres with purple bracets, and the fruic has purple knobs on the globe. Ive had these in pots, but plan to plant one in soil this fall. Flowere are wonderfully fragrant, but only last one to two days.
On Dec 20, 2004, SudieGoodman from Broaddus, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
For Clayton in Waco, TX Sunbonnet Sue, zone 8b, lake Sam Rayburn has grown Devil's Trumpet, Horn of Plenty, Downy Thorn, Apple "Alba" (Datura metel) for two years. Mine have wonderful white/purple blend rather than solid white. My huge blooms face upward rather than downward, Alba is potted and in southern flower bed, blooming in cold December 2004. I cover it if temps. dip lower than 35 (I like to be on safe side) Datura will take 10 deg. temps, dies to ground to sprout back in spring. I keep potted Datura in greenhouse, too, as a back-up plant.
Datura's need spreading room or preferably grow on lattice or similiar support for fragile vines. Datura is a wonderful seed bearer. In the Spring when maximum growth starts , I feed with slow-release fertilizer like Osmocote with great success. Watch out for slugs/snails who easily climb vines to nibble on tender, large leaves.