Datura Species, Desert Thorn Apple, Devil's Trumpet, Moon Flower

Datura discolor

Family: Solanaceae (so-lan-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Datura (duh-TOO-ruh) (Info)
Species: discolor (DIS-kol-or) (Info)
Synonym:Datura thomasii
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Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 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


All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:


White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Late Fall/Early Winter

Blooms repeatedly



Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds


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

Peridot, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona

El Cerrito, California

Fremont, California

Richmond, California

Lake City, Florida

Panama City Beach, Florida

Beecher, Illinois

Derby, Kansas

Dundee, Ohio

Fowler, Ohio

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Easley, South Carolina

Austin, Texas

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 5, 2009, mpotoczniak from El Cerrito, CA wrote:

I am on a southwest facing hillside in the Bay Area which has a harsher climate then the more protected areas in the flatlands and away from the bay. That being said, I got two or three of these plants on a whim as I began to build a dry garden. I put two of them in the dry garden which only gets occasionally watered (depending on my mood) and I put another in a regularly irrigated area. The two in the dry garden flourished, while the one near irrigation began to die. I moved it into the dry garden and it is on the road to recovery. Also, this plant seems to like poor soil so I mixed some sand into the soil. So far, so good. Also, I see that this is listed as an Annual..but I believe that in my zone 9 it is evergreen and perennial


On Jan 12, 2004, PotEmUp from Fremont, CA (Zone 9a) wrote:

This plant is native to the Sonoran desert areas of California and Northern Mexico. I was advised to plant it as far away as possible from anything that got watered. I did and it thrived. Beautiful flower, but it gets the name thornapple for a really good reason - do be careful with the seed pods, they are lethal.


On Aug 31, 2003, Debby from Milo, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

Discolor datura also known as Raspberry Swirl have reseeded in my garden for the last 3 yrs. not invasively, like some other varieties. In my garden they seem to bloom a bit later than other datura. It is such a joy to see them bloom with the purple stain in the throat. Sometimes the stain is a lighter shade of denim blue.


On Aug 30, 2003, OhioBreezy from Dundee, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have this one growing now and the scent is wonderful. Large at least 4 inch blooms. Bright white with deep purple throat.