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Datura Species, Southwestern Thorn Apple, Devil's Trumpet, Jimson Weed, Moonflower

Datura wrightii

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Datura (duh-TOO-ruh) (Info)
Species: wrightii (RITE-ee-eye) (Info)
Synonym:Datura lanosa
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Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun



Foliage Color:



18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

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; direct sow after last frost

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

Seed Collecting:

Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed

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

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Allow unblemished fruit to ripen; clean and dry 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:


Ajo, Arizona

Hereford, Arizona

Phoenix, Arizona

Prescott Valley, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

Malvern, Arkansas

Castro Valley, California

Clayton, California

Fresno, California

Knights Landing, California

Lake Nacimiento, California

Richmond, California

San Diego, California

Wheatland, California

Fort Pierce, Florida

Ruskin, Florida

Carrollton, Georgia (2 reports)

Twin Falls, Idaho

Flora, Indiana

Mishawaka, Indiana

Krotz Springs, Louisiana

Cumberland, Maryland

Detroit, Michigan

Grand Rapids, Michigan

Florissant, Missouri

Helena, Montana

Lincoln, Nebraska

Las Vegas, Nevada

Elephant Butte, New Mexico

Farmington, New Mexico

Roswell, New Mexico

Himrod, New York

Levittown, New York

Romulus, New York

Concord, North Carolina (2 reports)

Raleigh, North Carolina

Snow Hill, North Carolina

Bucyrus, Ohio

Columbia Station, Ohio

Dundee, Ohio

Shawnee, Oklahoma

Stilwell, Oklahoma

Thackerville, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Brookings, Oregon

Emmaus, Pennsylvania

Mc Keesport, Pennsylvania

Summerville, South Carolina

Celina, Tennessee

Arlington, Texas

Austin, Texas

Dallas, Texas (2 reports)

De Leon, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas

Kirbyville, Texas

Leander, Texas

Magnolia, Texas

Nevada, Texas

New Caney, Texas

Onalaska, Texas

Sherman, Texas

Ogden, Utah (2 reports)

Salt Lake City, Utah (2 reports)

Leesburg, Virginia

Orchards, Washington

Puyallup, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Vancouver, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Dec 18, 2015, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This species is easily confused with the noxious weed Datura stramonium, which is invasive of natural habitat over almost all temperate N. America, and has been declared noxious in PA, NC, MI, CT, and MN.


On Dec 17, 2015, siege2055 from Stilwell, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Grew this from seed, and only had one germinate. Seemed to have a lot more purple in it than what I am seeing on the web, but may be variable? I would prefer to have the solid white as it shows up better at night, but this flower does have a very nice fragrance. I saved seed so hopefully will have a better germination rate.


On Sep 9, 2014, bluecatcxl from Farr West, UT wrote:

Easily winters over in Zone 6 and we have overwintered in Zone 5. Seeds very freely. A beautiful night blooming flower. Almost seems to glow in the dark with the huge white flowers over soft blue-green leaves. Fragrant (in a good way!) in the evening as well.


On May 22, 2012, eden100 from Edinburg, IL (Zone 6a) wrote:

I got datura seeds in some leaf compost a few years ago so I never had to purchase seeds or seedlings. Right now (May 22nd) seedlings are about 6" tall HOWEVER...due to a very mild winter and an in increase from zone 5 to zone 6 in central Illinois the datura actually grew from last years tap root! I still have seedlings right now even though I tried my best last year to cut off all the seed pods before the seeds dropped. There is no doubt that some are growing from last years tap root. I dug one up two weeks ago to relocate it and discovered that I snapped a very long tap root. Last year I grew them in more than one location and found the same result. The ones growing from the tap root are already blooming (May 22nd) and the seedlings are only 6 inches. I know this page lists a highe... read more


On Apr 2, 2012, WillowWasp from Jones Creek, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Another single Datura that to me is not that impressive. I had one plant in the cornor of the yard and it was pretty at night when the solar lights came on. It had a lumionus glow and looked pretty but during the day it was overlooked.


On Mar 26, 2012, kinderegg from Las Vegas, NV wrote:

This plant is not to be confused with Brugmansias, which are often traded under the name Datura. The Genus of this plant is Datura. It is a member of the deadly Nightshade family. I have one growing in my Xeroscape garden. The plants react well to water and will appear to wilt in the summer heat. If you want a drought tolerant plant withhold watering it. It won't die it will just put it's energy into making roots.


On Jan 11, 2012, Ithiel from Dearborn Heights, MI (Zone 6b) wrote:

I've had success with Datura Wrightii overwintering here in zone 6b. It survived a couple of nights down to 0F which killed the plant back down to the ground, but it came back beautifully last summer and put on an incredible show. Definitely at it's best when it's given space and allowed to do it's own thing, the scent at night is fantastic especially when planted en masse. The huge 5-7" trumpets attract tons of bees and moths at dusk and are a sight to see at night glowing under a full moon.

Reseeds like crazy and is definitely as invasive as advertised, but still one of my favorites.


On Jul 21, 2010, zapaz from Greenville, NC wrote:

Regarding the LSA comment below: Datura species DO NOT contain LSA, or anything resembling LSD! Emphasis is important because LSA and LSD are physically harmless while the tropane alkaloids in Daturas are quite harmful physically. Misinformation could lead people to ingest Datura which could cause them great harm. FYI I believe it is the morning glory or woodrose families the previous poster was thinking of which do contain LSA.

A note on the tropane like alkaloids found in this and all datura species is that concentration varies greatly between plants and environments. Just because some people may have weak plants or environments does not mean that you will. Don't be afraid, but treat the plant with appropriate respect.


On Jun 30, 2010, themikeman from Concord, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

This is a very beautiful plant, my mother planted two 8inch plants together in a huge 10 gallon pot, and within just 3 weeks the plants root system merged as one plant and this doubleplant quadroopled in size! it is amazingly beautiful..the stout new glistening pearly white trumpets open here about 8:00pm and stay open and healthy till about 12:30 in the afternoon next day.remaing till following day wilted when i then dead head them..weve had the plant one month and yesterday counted 17 new trumpets about to open!! also people complain they have issues with it being poisonous, i dead head these contantly without any problems and usually no gloves, unless your a kid thats gonna put ur fingers in your mouth than dont be rediculous..most plants are poisonous if their not, then their called h... read more


On Mar 4, 2010, youreit from Knights Landing, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:

I've had this in my garden for about 3 years, and I just experienced an allergic reaction to it last year while deadheading it. It was not unlike what one would experience with a poison oak rash - very itchy, oozing bubbles on the skin. I know, yuck! I had a second reaction while cutting it back to the ground this year. A dead twig scraped my arm, and I didn't get a rash until the scrape had been scabbed up for a few days. My husband asks me why I keep it in the yard. Because I love it! It's worth the effort to wear long sleeves, gloves.....chain mail, when pruning it.


On Jan 31, 2010, jslate2k from Tucson, AZ wrote:

This plant is indigenous to the part of the Sonoran Desert in which I live, specifically, Tucson, AZ. It's seen in empty dirt lots and occasionally poking through broken concrete throughout the city. It survives soley on the rainfall we get from the monsoons and whatever fall/early spring rainfall that we get as well. As a result, it is extremely easy to grow.

I noticed that kittysue wasn't sure why it's sometimes referred to as "sacred datura". This is NOT because of the blooms. The common name for this plant is Jimson Weed, and historically, it's seeds have been cultivated by Native Americans for their hallucinogenic properties (it contains an alkaloid known as LSA which is very similar to LSD). Unfortunately, it can be very dangerous since there's no easy way to know ex... read more


On Nov 23, 2008, kittysue from Fairborn, OH wrote:

I saw this plant frequently, when I was in Arizona. This plant gets bushy when it is kept hydrated. There is usually a bloom coming on at all time, while previous blooms drop off to produce seed pods.

For being in the Datura genus, and as poisonous as it is; I think it is strange that one of it's common names is "sacred datura". Obviously because it's large beautiful white blooms.


On May 10, 2007, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Devil's Trumpet, Datura wrightii is native to Texas and other States.


On Nov 22, 2006, Xenomorf from Phoenix, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

I've seen this growing in the wild on the 'El Camino Del Diablo Trail' (Devils' Highway) that runs between Ajo and Wellton in Arizona in the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. Elevation 1600 ft.


On Aug 9, 2006, terri_in_PA from Emmaus, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

I dont remember planting the seeds among my nasturiums and rose campions.. but i obviously did.. I just found out what the name of this plant is.. and Ive been in LOVE with it, since i have been watching it grow.
It grows well, with minimial care. It has just flowered for me, my walkway smells delightful!!
Ill be letting this flower go to seed, and next season will plant the seeds in a better place more suited to the plants growth.

Yes its a completely poisonous plant, and caution must be used around children and pets..


On Jun 26, 2006, DawninTx from Nevada, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I started my Daturas easily from seed. The large white flowers open early evening and are perfect for a moonlight garden. The fragrance is very sweet and can fill a garden. I deadhead flowers throughout the blooming season to keep from getting too many seeds, then toward the end of the summer I allow a few blooms to develop into the large spiny seedpods. I have heard that Datura makes a good companion to pumpkins. I will be trying this relationship this summer.


On Aug 28, 2005, texladybug from Leander, TX wrote:

I received one small Datura plant last year, now I have it growing everywhere! They are pretty, but very invasive, so much so, that I kill them regularly, still each morning I have more.
They sprout up between the planks of our deck, in the grass and in the crushed granite patio around our fountain (with black plastic under it!) Not to mention my flowerbeds...
I would never planted the first one, if I knew than, what I know now.It is such a big chore to deadhead them and pick the seed pods, so I just keep chopping them off and placing them in trash bags to dispose of them.
This plant was named to me " Angel Trumpet", but it is really "Devil's Trumpet" and believe me, it really lives up to its name!


On May 16, 2005, angele wrote:

A very common and beautiful wild plant in my area.


On Aug 26, 2004, OhioBreezy from Dundee, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I truly love this plant, it is an annual here for me, but it reseeds and each year I get a few more, I transplant them to where I'd like them. This one has a lovely "halo" around the edges in a lavender to blue tone. It really stands out in the morning or late at night when it opens. On an overcast day they will stay open all day long.

These seeds like winter sowing, they start better if having that cold shock hit them, they seem to germinate much faster.


On Jun 21, 2004, WalterT from San Diego, CA (Zone 10a) wrote:

This is a low, sprawling plant that grows pretty much all over western San Diego county, CA, in gravelly areas along roads, etc.
Hardy enough for frosty areas. Known generally as Jimson Weed and Devil's Trumpet. Dangerous if ingested - very poisonous.


On Jul 10, 2003, Stonebec from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have grown this plant for several years. It grows rapidly and large. After bloom, each branch divides in half to produce two more blooms and so on. My neigbor has hers in the center of her yard and it has an 8 foot spread about half-way through the season. Blooms open in late afternoon into evening and will stay open until they are wilted by the sun. Mine are in shade until about noon. Deadhead each day. Limp flowers look and smell bad. Seed pods form quickly without deadheading. Pods get about the size of a golf ball and have sharp spines. I cut my plant back to just a few inches every winter and it grows huge each summer. I have 22 open blooms tonight in early July. They are fragrant until pollinated over-night by a moth. Also known as Jimson Weed. Has medicinal uses but is NOT for i... read more


On Nov 28, 2002, Abutilon from Coal Center, PA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This heirloom datura has been growing at my farm for many years. Flowers are lovely and fragrant at dusk through dawn and on cloudy days. Foliage is deep green with white veins and pretty. But perennials have grown here so long they have become woody. So every other year or so I replace. Also, if too many seeds fall and soil is fertile, the seedlings may tend to take over.