Variegated Evening Trumpet 'Missouri Marble'

Datura inoxia

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Datura (duh-TOO-ruh) (Info)
Species: inoxia (in-OKS-see-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Missouri Marble
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Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Vines and Climbers

Foliage Color:



Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade


Seed is poisonous if ingested

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:



Dark Purple/Black

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall







Other details:

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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 herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

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

From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Scarify seed before sowing

By simple layering

By air layering

By tip layering

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

Seed Collecting:

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

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

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


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

Crescent City, California

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Carlisle, Pennsylvania

Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 29, 2009, jachurch from Apple Valley, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I bought this plant from a nursery here in Minnesota (zone 4a) while my plain datura were just starting to sprout from last year's seed. The variegated plant has grown tall and stately, with beautiful foliage, but has yet to bloom while the standard white datura have been blooming for a couple weeks. The plant gets frequent water from the sprinklers, so it doesn't dry. We have had an unusually cool summer, so perhaps that might be a problem. Or perhaps it just takes longer to go from seed to flower than other datura.


On Jul 29, 2009, Buttoneer from Carlisle, PA (Zone 6b) wrote:

I had this plant & had gotten seeds from it. I kept them for several years and sowed about a dozen this year. All came up but 10 of the seedlings were completely white & died. I planted the green one is a planter with other plants & now cannot find it. I would love to grow this plant from seeds again. Anybody have any seeds, please let me know. Thanks.


On Oct 15, 2008, Strever from Hiouchi, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

have kept this plant for over 4 years now, from a tissue culture purchase.
i keep it in the green house during the winter, and it comes back every spring.
it looks a little ragged by spring time but if fed it will grow vigorously.


On Feb 15, 2005, NatureWalker from New York & Terrell, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

This Datura has it's green variegated leaves tinted pink with white margined leaves; and purple-violet horizontal stems. With big fragrant white and violet-purple mottled trumpet flowers. Some are double, others on the same plant are not.