Datura metel

Common names: Devil's Trumpet, Horn of Plenty, Downy Thorn Apple

Summer 2007. From Annie's Annuals. Slow grower, at least 2 months to bloom; about a foot tall. Put out precisely three breathtakingly beautiful flowers, followed by extraterrestrial-looking seed pods, each containing dozens of seeds. So seeds available upon request!

A Master Gardener told me this might not be Datura metel, really, since I guess Datura's trumpets point up. She didn't see my flower in bloom though. I just know that Annie marked it Datura. I will just have to grow it next summer and bring some local experts in to apprise it.

According to wikipedia (there is an entry for Datura metel), it is one of 50 medicinal herbs used in Chinese herbology, where it is called yang jin hua.

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  1. Bud; August 13, 2007

  2. Bloom; August 17

  3. Second bloom, with seed pods from previous bloom; September 18

Marianne Mueller, mrm@sonic.net
Last modified: Sat Nov 10 09:02:05 PST 2007