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
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!
Not usually harvested
Selfseed quickly during spring.
Grows quickly in disturbed soils.
Warm to cold areas.
Soil PH preference
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!
Relative problem free