Datura inoxia

Remember last year when I had the huge Datura inoxia growing in a crack in my driveway? I said that I wasn't going to let one of these grow here again next year, or at least I thought it if I didn't actually record it here in the blog. I loved the plant, and loved that the bees loved it too, and it was certainly big enough to make me happy (I like big plants), but the location just wasn't the best.


I'm happy to report that I stuck to my plan and didn't let one of these grow in my driveway.

Well, sort of.

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Technically, I didn't let one grow.

I let several grow instead:


There are about 5 smaller plants growing here this year, even after I pulled many seedlings out of the crack in the spring.

There's one down here too:


There's another over here:


That's seven or eight plants growing on or next to the driveway.

What did I do with the seedlings I removed from the crack? Planted them throughout the garden of course!


This one looked better earlier in the year before it flopped over, but I still love the contrast with the purple fountain grass.


There's one near the base of this castor bean plant and my new trellis too:


Both the Datura and the castor bean were volunteers that came up in good spots, but this next Datura/castor bean combo I planted myself:


This one was another perfectly-placed volunteer:


I never would have thought to plant one there, so I'm glad it popped up!

So what is that, about a dozen of these Datura inoxias growing in my garden this year?


These plants are pretty prolific seeders, so it's important to remove the spiky pods before they mature and pop open...


Oops. Well, I guess I'll have even more volunteers next year.


Is that such a bad thing though?


(If anybody in the US wants some of these seeds, please let me know in the comments. I've got plenty!)

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outlawgardener  – (August 29, 2012 at 9:39 AM)  

Your datura are beautiful and the combinations that you and the volunteers made are very nice! Love the seed pods that look like jousting equipment!

Gerhard Bock (Bamboo, Succulents and More)  – (August 29, 2012 at 10:33 AM)  

I'd love some seeds. Every year I plan on growing a datura but I never do. I saw daturas all over the Southwest. Not sure if they were inoxia or metel--I can't tell them apart easily.

Sylvanna  – (August 29, 2012 at 11:03 AM)  

That's a very tempting offer, Alan! I'll just have to enjoy you enjoying them, however. My kids put flowers and stems in their mouths so often, it's not safe for me to grow datura yet. This is a 'someday' plant for me.

danger garden  – (August 29, 2012 at 11:13 AM)  

Must be the heat that really gets these going for you? I've tried to grow them and the best I've gotten is a leaf or two and no flower. Yours are fabulous!

John  – (August 30, 2012 at 12:22 PM)  

Alan,

You and your weeds? I am more familiar with "Jimson weed"(Datura stramonium) a horrible, smelly, poisonous, hard to get rid of weed.

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