Datura stramonium
Sacred Datura, Jimson Weed

Datura stramonium, Sacred Datura, Jimson Weed

Sacred Datura, Jimson WeedA relative of our familiar garden fare - tomatoes, potatoes, eggplants, and tomatillos - this potent annual of the family Solanaceae is not quite so gentle. Growing to 5ft, the long, funneled white trumpet flowers open eerily in evening light from May-Sept, enticing a host of moon-loving moths with its exotic sweet scent.

Grow specs: Space at 3ft.

Traditionally used as a folk cancer remedy, also for asthma, rheumatism, Parkinson's disease, as well as an antispasmodic, hypnotic, and narcotic. A powerful drug that should never be used without supervision. Overdoses are easy and always fatal. Handling seeds may cause eyelids to swell.

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