Datura Metel [Devil’s Trumpet]

Datura, or trumpet flower, is one of those spectacular plants with its bold flowers and rapid growth.

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Botanical name: Datura Metel

Common names: Devil’s Trumpet

Description

The blooms are fragrant and particularly so at night. Most flowers are white but they may also be yellow, purple, lavender and red. Stems are soft, but erect, and they have a grayish green tinge. Leaves are lobed and lightly furred. The flowers are the standout at several inches in width. The plant is generally an annual but self seeds vigorously and seedlings grow at a furious rate to adult plants in one season. This self-seeding behavior ensures Datura plant growing year after year.

Datura plants are ridiculously easy to grow from seed. They need full sun and rich fertile earth that drains well. Sow seeds directly outside into a prepared bed in fall in warmer climates and in early spring after all danger of frost has passed in cooler climates. You can grow trumpet flower inside or outside in a pot, or simply spread seed with a light coat of sand outside in a sunny location. The little plants will exceed your expectations with their speedy growth and low maintenance.

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