Datura’s morning glow


The datura (Datura wrightii) I planted in the front garden a few years ago has petered out and needs replacing. But this volunteer that self-seeded in the back garden is growing beautifully. Moreover, it asks nothing from me except an occasional pinching back of stems that threaten to overpower nearby plants.


Almost every evening it unfurls white, fragrant trumpets that glow all night and into the next morning.


Such a heady fragrance! And aren’t the spurs on the folded-linen flowers interesting?


A beauty, but all parts are deadly if ingested, so be cautious about planting it if you have pets or children that like to graze.

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10 Responses

  1. Joellen Meyeres says:

    I have been meaning to plant this beauty for years. You have inspired me to make sure it happens this fall!

  2. Debbie Conner says:

    Hi Pam,
    I live in the San Joaquin Valley in Central CA. During the summer, Datura is the only plant you’ll see thriving in a fallow field, or growing along the freeway. Very hot, dry and dusty here, but the plant grows and provides tiny bright spots on long drives! PS thanks for all of your great articles and photos!

  3. This datura is a beauty. It grows in my garden too. They always seem to find a place on their own to settle in to. I am always amazed at the sphinx moths that frequent it at dusk.

  4. Kris P says:

    I’ve been tempted to grow Datura – it does well here, at least if I judge by its performance at the local botanic garden 5 miles away. But, like Ricinus communis, its poisonous qualities always have me demurring.

  5. Annemarie Read says:

    I recently purchase a Datura based on some posts in the past where you mentioned them. I just noticed that it now has one bud starting. I can’t wait to see it unfurl! I love your posts about different plants, because it encourages me to try new things!

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