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Datura ferox

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Datura (duh-TOO-ruh) (Info)
Species: ferox (FER-oks) (Info)
Synonym:Datura laevis
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)


15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)


Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


Seed is poisonous if ingested

All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter



Other details:

May be a noxious weed or invasive

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:


Propagation Methods:

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

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

Wear gloves to protect hands when handling seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Petaluma, California

Woodacre, California

Andover, Connecticut

Fort Myers, Florida

Orange Park, Florida

De Soto, Kansas

Shady Side, Maryland

Lakeview, Michigan

Austin, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Jan 5, 2016, vorlonken from Andover, CT wrote:

Only a bad person would ever call this plant evil. It's a fantastic plant!

If you want to grow this plant from seed you will have the most luck if you sow it in the fall or winter. Seed germinates best with age and stratification. Daturas appreciate a lot of fertilizer. They are very drought tolerant after they're established but seedlings and young plants need regular watering.

Plants don't transplant well so either sow them where they're to be grown or germinate them in biodegradable pots that can be planted in the ground.

Handle the spiny seed pods carefully or they might irritate your skin. Don't eat any part of the plant unless you like unpleasant hallucinogenic experiences.


On Sep 18, 2010, cornpurge from Sugar Land, TX wrote:

Plant just showed up next to my driveway. I have no idea how it got there. Possibly in bird seed. What an evil plant!


On Sep 25, 2004, susied from Norwalk, CT (Zone 5b) wrote:

this plant is maintained in the herb garden of the Cloisters (part of the Met NYC) which is a replication of a 15th-17th C. herb garden. Every plant in the garden has a use and would have been grown by herbalists. This is Zone 5-6 and is reseeded manually every year. It can be overwintered as a houseplant in this zone or can be reseeded. The Giant Grasshopper (4") at the NY Botanical Gardens did not find the leaves poisonous.