Datura tips and guidance for the best possible care

Datura, also called “devil’s trumpet” for its magnificent inflorescence, is a very interesting and ornamental shrub.

Datura facts, a short list

NameDatura species
Family – Solanaceae or nightshade
Type – shrub

Height – 6 ½ to 16 feet (2 to 5 meters)
Exposure – full sun
Soil – rich enough

Foliage – evergreen
Flowering – May to September

It is vulnerable to freezing and loves sun to bear, all summer long, very beautiful flowers.

Planting datura

It is best to plant your datura in spring in a blend of earth, soil mix and soil conditioner.
Find a place in your garden that is protected from wind, but gets a lot of sun.

It’s possible to sow in a sheltered place starting in March and put in place in May.

If you live in an area where winter freezing is very cold (lower than 23°F or -5°C), consider growing your datura in a lean-in or transfer them during the coldest months to a spot where it doesn’t freeze.

Propagating datura

It is really simple to propagate datura through cuttings, it’s the easiest and fasted technique.

  • Summer, from May to July, is when to prepare datura cuttings.
  • Select cuttings about 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 cm) long.
  • Remove lower leaves, keeping only the topmost 1 or 2 pairs at the tip.
  • It is possible to dip the cuttings in powdered rooting agents.
  • Plant your cuttings in nursery pots filled with cutting soil mix.
  • Ensure the soil stays reasonably moist, place it is a warm place with light but not direct sun.

Pruning and caring for datura

Since it is easy to care for, datura doesn’t require any care, simply a bit of attention as regards watering: it must be watered often.

How to trim datura

  • Pruning datura is best at the beginning of spring.
  • Datura can bear pruning well, so it can be quite drastic.

How to water water datura

Water regularly, but not too much in times of high temperatures and spread mulch out at the foot of shrub over winter.

For potted datura, water must be provided as soon as the surface soil is dry.

Take note to protect your hands when pruning this shrub, because its leaves and stems contain high levels of alkaloids that are very poisonous.

Learn more about datura

Datura flower with a purple center and white petals.Native to Mexico and to the American South-West, there are about ten species that belong to the Datura genus.

This magnificent shrub with remarkable blooming produces abundant and fragrant trumpet-shaped flowers.

It originated in the warm climates of South America and tends to have trouble adapting to places where it freezes often.

There are high amounts of alkaloid compounds in all parts of the plant. This powerful substance is very poisonous, even though it is also used as an ingredient for some drugs.

Ingesting Datura can induce severe hallucinating and may even lead to death. It is a drug, and selling it as such is crime liable to severe penalties.

Quite often, Datura is confused with Brugmansia

Smart tip about datura

Add small quantities of organic fertilizer often during the blooming to enhance it.


Credits for images shared to Nature & Garden (all edits by Gaspard Lorthiois):
Datura flower by kafka4prez under © CC BY-SA 2.0
Simple datura flower by Mike Lewinski under © CC BY 2.0

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  • Firoz TT wrote on 9 April 2018 at 10 h 13 min

    Is it poisonous?
    Which part of this plant is poisonble?

    • Gaspard Lorthiois wrote on 9 April 2018 at 14 h 16 min

      Hi,
      Actually all parts of the plants are dangerous. Touching them won’t be fatal, but ingesting it might.

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