An annual Datura species with a very long history as herbal medicine and hallucinogenic drug in many cultures. Probably the first ones to use it in for medicinal purposes were the Aztecs. All parts of Datura contain dangerous levels of various substances classified as deliriants; cases of intoxications are still reported but mostly from voluntary ingestion.
But it is also a beautiful ornamental plant that we like for its huge, trumpet-shaped flowers, which open in the evening with a swirling motion and a delicate fragrance. It can grow quite tall if condition allows or it remains smaller, branching more laterally.
The leaves and stems are covered in soft, grayish hairs and have a velvety appearance. The fruits are also showy, spiny capsules with lots of seeds, which sometimes don’t reach maturity in our colder region.
Germination: sow in late spring directly outside/container. In warm locations it may reseed and become weedy;, but easily avoided by removing the fruits.