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Datura metel

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

CareFertile soil and full sun.

PropagationSoak or chip seeds before sowing indoors in spring.

  • Genus : Datura
  • Zones : 10, 11, 9
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Type : Annuals
  • Uses : Containers
  • Characteristics : Fragrant Flowers
  • Light : Full Sun
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Flower Color : Pink, White, Yellow
  • Bloom Time : Summer
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest
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