Datura stramonium - Jimsonweed

Solanaceae


Jimsonweed is an annual native to the eastern U.S. In mild doses, it has halucagenic properties, however, in high doses it can cause death. I recall several boys in Pennsylvania that died trying to use it as a drug. The generic name is derived from a Native American language and is translated roughly to thorn-apple, which refers to the shape of the plant's fruit.

Habit is upright and mounding, growing to 3 to 5 feet tall and wide.

 

Leaves are simple, lobed, and up to 10 inches long and 6 inches wide.

Flowers are long and tubular with 5 fused petals. Flower color ranges from white to pale pink or purple.

Flowers are perfect with 5 stamen and 1 pistil.

Fruit are capsules up to 1.5 inches long and 1 inch wide. Fruit are unique in that they are covered with stiff spikes.


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