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Thorn Apple

Datura stramonium

Also known as

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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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

8a

USDA zone

-12°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.2m

Max

80cm

50cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

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Thorn Apple Overview

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!

Common problems with Thorn Apple

Relative problem free

    How to harvest Thorn Apple

    Not usually harvested

    How to propagate Thorn Apple

    Seed

    Selfseed quickly during spring.

    Special features of Thorn Apple

    Pioneer

    Grows quickly in disturbed soils.

    Other uses of Thorn Apple

    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!

    Poisonous to Pets

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