Thorn Apple

Datura stramonium

Devil's Snare, Jimson Weed, Jamestown Weed, Common Thorn-Apple, False Castor-Oil, Mad Apple, Moonflower, Purple Thorn-Apple, Stinkwort, Devil's-Apple, Stramonium Jimsonweed

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Selfseeding annual weed with poisounous seeds that lay dormant for many years. It will grow in disturbed soils and birds can spread the seeds where they fly. The amount of toxin varies from plant to plant, but most parts do contain alkaloids. It is sometimes used for the psychoactive effect, but overdose is lethal and hospitals have treated patients consuming the plant for photophobia and hyperthermia. Remove this one when spotted!
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Planning

Difficulty

Easy

Flowering time

Spring, Summer

Fruiting time

Autumn

Harvesting

Not usually harvested

Propagation

Seed

Selfseed quickly during spring.

Special features

Pioneer

Grows quickly in disturbed soils.

Special features

Origin

North America

Natural climate

Warm to cold areas.

Environment

Light

Full Sun

Soil moisture

Moist

Soil type

Loam, Sand

Soil PH preference

Neutral

Frost hardiness

Hardy

Uses

Medicinal

Leaves are smoked in a pipe to help treat asthma in traditional medicine, but side effects and casualties often occur! Is was used by Chinese as anaesthesia during surgery and recorded to be used by healers from 1597!

Personality

Family

Solanaceae

Flower colour

Purple, White

Scent

Mild

Problems

Relative problem free
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