Datura wrightii
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Datura wrightii

Sacred Datura

Sacred datura is a vigorous herbaceous perennial that grows 1′ tall and 6′ wide.

The flowers are the most striking feature, being sweetly fragrant white trumpets up to 8″ long, margins often tinted purple.

Very long blooming time. Blooms from April to October. The flowers open when cloudy or during the night.

All parts of the plant contain a powerful narcotic, so place it wisely.

Combine with other sun-and-dry lovers such as Sagebrush and Sages.

 

Sun: Full sun
Water: Dry, Light, Moderate
Soil: Clay, Loam, Sand
Other: Drought Tolerant

 

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Additional Information

Ecological Value

Hawk moths use the plant as one of it’s main food sources in both adult and larval stages.

Historical Uses

Very powerful narcotic in small doses, deadly at anything higher. This plant was ritualistically used in religious ceremonies amongst a number of indigenous groups.

Distribution

Native to California and is also found elsewhere in North America and beyond.

Elevation

Between 0 and 4000 feet

Communities

Coastal Sage Scrub, Valley Grassland, Joshua Tree Woodland, Pinyon-Juniper Woodland

Habitat

Sandy washes and along roadsides.