Scientific: Datura wrightii
Common: sacred thorn apple, Indian apple, western jimson weed
Family: Solanaceae
Origin: Disturbed sites such as along roadsides embankments and arroyo washouts in northern Mexico into the southwestern US.

Pronounciation: Da-TUR-a wrigh-TEE-i

Hardiness zones
Sunset
All zones as an annual, short-lived perennial in zones 10-24
USDA All zones as an annual, short-lived perennial in zones 9-11

Landscape Use: Native gardens, medicinal gardens, spiritual gardens, desert resoration.

Form & Character: Prostrate and spreading, tender, informal.

Growth Habit: Summer annual to short lived herbaceous perennial. In the lower desert, Datura thrives during the desert monsoon season growing rapidly to a spread of 15 to 20 feet. Low and prosrtate rarely exceeding 2 feet in height.

Foliage/Texture: Large, slightly pubescent dull green leaves to 4 inches long with lesser width, alternate, margins smooth and wavy, deltoid to lanceolate shaped, leaf venation pinnate, petioles pubscent; medium coarse texture.

Flowers & Fruits: Large, spectacular (even in bud), elongated and tubular white flowers to 8 inches long borne singly on terminal meristems, sweetly fragrant, petals fused, sometimes the flowers (as they senesce) will become purplish in color. Flower petals have five narrow points spaced symmetrically around the petal margins. It can bloom from April to October. Fruit rounded, greenish, spiked fading to brown.

Seasonal Color: White flowers during later summer and early fall in the lower desert, April to October elsewhere.

Temperature: Heat loving

Light: Full to partial sun. can even grow fairly well in shade.

Soil: Tolerant of soil alkalinity.

Watering: Regular irrigations in desert areas to mimic summer monsoon rains.

Pruning: Little to none required.

Propagation: Seed

Disease and pests: None

Additional comments: Datura is a striking spreading herbaceous plant for desert themed gardens. Datura is a plant that has a long relationship with native American peoples because of its often dangerous hallucinogenic properties.

Toxicology warning: All parts of Datura plants contain dangerous levels of Scopolamine, a levo-duboisine and hyoscine tropane alkaloid drug with muscarinic antagonist effects, and may be fatal if ingested by humans or other animals, including livestock and pets. In some places Datura sp. are prohibited to buy, sell or cultivate Datura plants