Devil's Trumpet, Jimsonweed, Common Thorn-apple
Datura 'Lilac Le Fleur'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Datura (duh-TOO-ruh) (Info)
Cultivar: Lilac Le Fleur
Additional cultivar information:(aka La Fleur Lilac)
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Category:

Annuals

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Spacing:

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Hardiness:

Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Violet/Lavender

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Velvet/Fuzzy-Textured

Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Regional

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

Birmingham, Alabama

Vincent, Alabama

Glendale, Arizona

Chowchilla, California

Eustis, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Winter Garden, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Iowa City, Iowa

Barbourville, Kentucky

Cumberland, Maryland

Grand Haven, Michigan

Lanse, Michigan

Mathiston, Mississippi

Rogersville, Missouri

Clementon, New Jersey

New York City, New York

Romulus, New York

Charlotte, North Carolina

Fremont, Ohio

Hulbert, Oklahoma

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Conway, South Carolina

North Augusta, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Lafayette, Tennessee

Alice, Texas

Austin, Texas

Brazoria, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Sherman, Texas

Kalama, Washington

Seattle, Washington (2 reports)

Amma, West Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Nov 30, 2014, LizaR from Gap, PA wrote:

I found one of these growing by our backyard woods. I had no idea what it was, but it had more of a blue throat than lilac. I left it there as I thought the bloom was rather pretty, but due to the soil being moved around where the pant was in the fall, it never came back. I now have seed from a friend, for this variety, discolor and inoxia.
I have very sensitive skin to many plants and will definitely be wearing gloves when handling this one. But in all the research I have done I have never heard of anyone getting sick or otherwise from handling the plant. That has only happened when someone has ingested it which...well, is just plain stupid.

Positive

On Nov 19, 2009, Joshjpr from Farmington, MI wrote:

I ate the seeds of a datura plant. I spoke to God. end of story.

Negative

On Sep 7, 2008, btonsch from Pittsburgh, PA wrote:

We found this plant growing wild in our yard. It is very interesting and beautiful, but beware!! This plant is extremely toxic! If you do your own research online you will find many people have died trying to acheive a high by consuming various parts of this plant. Others have become seriously ill just by handling it. I would not recommend it as an addition to a garden. If you feel you must grow this plant, please be very careful when handling it.

Positive

On Apr 4, 2007, Lily_love from Central, AL (Zone 7b) wrote:

I've the double variety of this datura. I also have friends in the area that have them. Their "Thorn Apple" fruits (seeds head) is unusally looking and is a conversation subject. I grew mine in Pots, they produce seed pods early and when the seed rippened; they drop and sending out seedlings right in the pot. I am looking forward to having other varieties, especially white and yellow. These are single flowers, I love them all.

Positive

On Apr 3, 2007, sailco from Grand Haven, MI wrote:

I started seed saved from a friend's plant from last summer. At only 6 inches tall and several sets of true leaves it actually developed a blossom. Since I intend to plant it outdoors when the weather permits and I want a bushier plant, I pinched off the top with the blossom . One very easy plant to start. My friend's plant bloomed it's head off last year; can't wait to see it in my garden.

Positive

On Aug 27, 2005, Leehallfae from Seattle, WA wrote:

Datura Angel Trumpets are growing/blooming in containers.

They've also produced pods, which I presume are to be harvested and replanted.

The Belle Blanche Angel Trumpet in my garden have a very light aroma.

Positive

On May 8, 2005, MitchF from Lindsay, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Just saw my very first bloom - wow how did I live so long without this one??? Even if it goes everywhere I will not mind this is a "wow" flower.

Positive

On Aug 23, 2004, THornworm from Houston, TX wrote:

Planted by seed(off of first year plant), this plant proved to grow when "proffessionals" said it would not!
(let seeds soak 24 hrs. in Hot water prior)
Has bloomed successfully(multiple times) throughout the year and stands(currently-08.22.04) upwards of 3/12 feet!
In a POT, NO LESS!
As part of the "nightshade" family(tomato, potato, eggplant, Tobacco, etc), it has suddenly attracted a rather "hungry" catapillar(Manduca sexta/Tobacco Hornworm)on it's leaves.... Perhaps it is the new "host" for the creature..... Who knows!
Double blooms at night(wonderful fragrance)and stays blooming throughout the day(a bit rancid at this time).
Great conversation piece though!!!
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