Datura, Le Fleur Lilac
(Datura tatula) Annual in the Nightshade Family. White trumpet flowers with lavender inside their throats decorate a bat-like plant whose leaves smell of peanut butter. We originally acquired this variety from Onalee’s Seeds. Seedpods are covered in spines, which gave this plant the name “Thorn Apple”. Continuous blooming through frost. Also known as Jimson Weed; “Jim” refers to “Jamestown”, the European settlement that failed when the populace ingested this plant, went crazy, and knocked themselves off. (This was apparently at the encouragement of the local indigenous folks, who knew trouble when they saw it!) All parts of the plant are toxic. We do not recommend human consumption. See Erowid, for stories about people who have dared.
Planting suggestions: Start inside at least six weeks before final frost date. If you’re also growing other nightshades, such as tomatoes or peppers, start Datura at the same time. Pot up as necessary before transplanting out. Or direct-seed in garden when the soil has warmed. Give full sun and rich soil (they love manure). Fairly drought-tolerant once established.
Contains 100 seeds