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Datura, Sacred Thorn-Apple

Datura wrightii

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Moderate
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Moths
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
4 × 6
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season April-October
Flower Color White
Minimum Temperature Range 15 °F (Root may be hardy below this range)
Leaf Description Broad, deep green with a bluish tint
Fruit Spiny
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Elevation Range 1000-6500 ft.
Ethnobotany Historically used as a psychotropic, this use is highly inadvisable.
Description Sacred Datura is one of the most stunning and charismatic native species. The skyward facing, white, funnel shaped blooms cast their light fragrance into the evening air. Moths pollinate these flowers which turn in to a spiny apple-like fruit. Seeds are then spread by ants to germinate elsewhere. Give this species plenty of room because with irrigation it can grow several feet wide and the large leaves can smother other plants. All plant parts of this species (leaves, roots, flowers, fruits and seeds) contain toxic alkaloids so caution should be observed where there is potential for accidental ingestion by children or pets.