I grow those in my garden too.<br>In fact I put in an entire deep, double-dug bed especially for them:<br><br><br><br><br><br>[color:green]"...or am I a butterfly that's dreaming she's a woman?"</font color=green>
That is a weed to some South Jersey gardeners. Takes over in short order if not tended to. I brought some seeds to Oregon 35 years ago, but was afraid they'd go wild so destroy all signs of them after one season.<br><br>NOW --<br><br>I see the plants at Farmers Market plant vendors in my town. I believe it is called Datura. Pretty interesting so I did some research on it:<br><br>Datura is a member of the Potato (Solanaceae) Family, also called the Deadly Nightshade Family. There are several species of the Datura genus, including D. wrightii, commonly referred to as the Southwestern Thorn Apple. D. stramonium is usually called Jimson Weed; D. metaloides is colloquially named Sacred Datura; and D. inoxia is usually referred to as Toloache. The smaller annual, D. discolor, is often called Moon Flower. It grows only 18 inches high and has a purple throat not found in other species. All species of Datura have long been used by native peoples of the Southwest in puberty and other ceremonies because of the plant's halucinogenic alkaloids. People trying to imitate Native American ways have often poisoned themselves, sometimes fatally Poisoning is caused by tropane alkaloids of which the total content of the plant can be as high as 0.7%. They are atropine, hysocyamine, and scopolamine.<br><br>These are called anticholinergic drugs…and you may want to research the effects of these drugs before you decide to become a chemist. The active principles are fairly water soluble so a macerated solution of the plant would be the easiest. You should consider though that these drugs are highly toxic to mammals (that's the 4 and 2 legged kind) and I have personally found that insecticidal soap works quite well with minimal risk to us and our ancestors. <br><br>The secret to pest control is frequent surveillance to get the little suckers when they are few so control is easier. I run a 26 acre nursery and use less than a quart of toxic pesticides in a year and most of that is for Japanese beetle control and even those are handpicked as much as possible and fed to the fish. A final note to exercise extreme care when handling any toxic substance and all pesticides should remain outside the home.<br><br>KateMate
That's the neat thing about them! They're a tender herbacious perrenial<br>(They die back to the ground during winter and reemerge the following summer)<br>The bloom CONTINUOUSLY (in the evenings) From mid-summer until first frost.<br><br>PLEASE READ KATE'S POST!<br><br>I just glanced on my way in;<br>I'll reread it again presently,<br>but she's spot on the money. It's not called Jimson WEED for nothing!<br><br>It's a general rule-of-thumb that ANY Plant name containing the word "WEED"<br>is a Rampant Spreader, without need of care or cultivation, that readily<br>escapes the confines of a garden and spreads to vacant lots and fields<br>where it is INDEED a poisonous plant, (LOCO-WEED) is the leaves are<br>eaten by animals, and is widely known to poison teenagers (etc) that<br>are seeking a cheap high. This is one high even the most intrepid won't<br>wanna be messing with! The Deadly Nightshade Family causes demonic<br>hallucinations that can easily lead to permanent brain damage.<br><br>Still, it's hard to look at them as altogether bad. Called by either common<br>name, Angel's Trumpet, or Devils's Apple, Datura wrightii ~ Solanaceae <br>as a flowering herbaceous shrub is a true marvel to behold.<br><br>[color:green]"...or am I a butterfly that's dreaming she's a woman?"</font color=green>
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