The genus Datura is comprised of five species of evergreen shrubs and trees from the southern U.S. to South America, occuring in scrub and along streams. Their large, pendent, tubular or trumpet-shaped flowers are usually fragrant and lend a tropical air to the garden from late spring to autumn. They are also good in a greenhouse where the containers can be moved outside and placed in a border for the summer.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsLarge, usually scented, trumpet-shaped flowers. All parts are highly toxic if ingested. Keep away from pets and children.
CareOutdoors, grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Indoors, these plants need full light and a soil-based potting mix. Water freely and fertilize monthly during the growning season. In winter, keep just moist.
PropagationSow seed at 61°F in spring. Root semi-ripe cuttings in summer using bottom heat.
ProblemsSpider mites, whiteflies, and mealybugs can be problems in the greenhouse.