Le Fleur Lilac, Datura, Levisticum officinale.
Also known as Angel’s Trumpets or Moonflower; they are related to Brugmansia.
Looking to add architectural interest, and mystery to your night garden?
Producing extravagant white trumpet-shaped flowers with purple throats measuring up to 6" (15cm), increasingly larger, in number, beauty, and duration, by the light of the waxing, and most illuminated by the Full Moon. Blooming fullest for a single night, then replaced by two-inch spiky seed pods, on plants averaging 3-5' (90-150cm) in height, and 2-3' (60-90cm) in diameter.
These annuals are also abundant seed producers and will usually reseed themselves the following year if the seed pods and plants are left in the ground to dry out at the end of the season. These are compact varieties, suitable for container gardening.
Many datura varieties have been used by various shamans, medicine men, women and witches, throughout the world as a divination tool, used in witchcraft to create so-called flying ointments and were once used in cosmetics.
There are various medicinal uses for the plant, although its extreme toxicity generally outweighs any of these benefits for it to be used practically by herbalists. The most notable case in which settlers in Jamestown mistakenly used it in cooking, causing much of the town to suffering from madness from accidental datura ingestion. Hence the common name used by some as Jimson Weed! Although the name most directly applies to Datura Stramonium, it is often used in reference to other datura varieties as well.
WARNING: Despite this plant’s beauty, all parts including the seeds contain compounds that are poisonous if ingested. Do not ingest for any reason and keep away from curious pets and children.
Direct or Winter Sow, or Start indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost. Erratic germinator - fluctuating temperatures to mimic spring helps.
Pollinators: Moths & Butterflies <3