Downy thorn apple

Datura metel

Photo/Illustration: 
Amy Ziffer
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Downy thorn apple (Datura metel)
Genus:  Datura

Datura metel grows 3 to 4 feet tall with large dark green leaves that have a bad smell. However, the large trumpet-shaped flowers have a sweet fragrance that spreads throughout the garden in the morning and evening. Flowers may be single or double and range from white and yellow to pink and purple.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Poisonous. Easy to grow from seed. Starts flowering early in the growing season. All parts are highly toxic if ingested.

Care: 

Fertile soil and full sun.

Propagation: 

Soak or chip seeds before sowing indoors in spring.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow,
Niagara,
White,
Primrose Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container,
Poisonous
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Annuals