Q. Can you tell me about datura? Can I grow it at home?
The most common Datura is Datura stramonium commonly callled Jimsonweed or moonflower. It is an annual plant that seeds itself readily and is considered a weed by many.
Datura inoxia, or angels' trumpet, is a showy, drought-tolerant annual in the New York City area. It grows up to 3 feet tall and can sprall to as wide as 6 feet. It flowers from mid-summer to fall with sweetly fragrant, white, pink or lavender blooms that open at night and last only a day. Grow it in a container or garden bed that gets strong sunlight. They like rich, well-draining, garden soil and require plenty of water. Datura inoxia do not require deadheading unless you wish to delay the production of their decorative seed pods and prolong blooming. It will not last through the winter but may reseed itself in the garden if you allow a few of the seed pods to remain on the plant in the fall.
Datura are members of the nightshade family (Solanaceae) and all parts are extremely toxic. Use protective clothing, gloves and eyewear when handling these plants. Consuming any part of the plant can be fatal. Do not add the seed pods to your compost pile.
Courtesy of NYBG Plant Information