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Datura metel 'Belle Blanche'

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Datura (duh-TOO-ruh) (Info)
Species: metel (MET-el) (Info)
Cultivar: Belle Blanche

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5 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

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:
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:
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season
This plant is resistant to deer
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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; sow indoors before last frost
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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5 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive darylmitchell On Aug 10, 2012, darylmitchell from Saskatoon, SK (Zone 3a) wrote:

Grown as an annual in my climate, bought as a bedding plant. Took about two months to produce flowers, but they were very beautiful. They only last one day before fading. I deadheaded mine, making sure to remove the seed capsule at the base of the flower so the plant would produce more blooms.

Positive eqinox On Nov 7, 2010, eqinox from Blair, NE wrote:

An amazing performer. I sowed seed of 'Belle Blanche' directly outside after last frost in full sun and ended up with a plant that got four and a half feet tall and a couple inches short of ten feet wide.

Positive dixielol On Nov 13, 2009, dixielol from Dunmor, KY (Zone 6a) wrote:

Pretty plant. Started mine from seeds this spring. Had flowers on it by the end of summer. Also gave me lots of seeds to trade now. I am going to plant her in the ground next spring & see how she like that.

Positive robcorreia On Sep 4, 2008, robcorreia from San Diego, CA (Zone 10b) wrote:

Belle Blanche certainly deserves her name, which means "white beauty" in french. Mine blooms non stop and is incredibly fragrant at night. I have it in a large pot by my bedroom window.

Positive jackieshar On Aug 30, 2005, jackieshar from Texas/Okla central border
United States (Zone 7b) wrote:

growing in sandy alkaline soil.......takes the hot texas summer with ease.....needs some additional watering...blooms nights and mornings til about 9 when it closes for the day.....started blooming around the first of June..blooming period is rounding down,seed pods are ripening now, August 30


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

Decatur, Alabama
Garberville, California
Richmond, California
San Diego, California
Fountain, Florida
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Helena, Montana
Blair, Nebraska
Thackerville, Oklahoma
Conway, South Carolina
Murrells Inlet, South Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Corpus Christi, Texas

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