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Datura 'Evening Fragrance' really sums up the unique aspects of this beautiful tender perennial -- the plant produces beautiful trumpet-like blooms that emit an intoxicating fragrance at night. Perfuming the night with its sweet scent, 'Evening Fragrance' is much like a Moonflower in the way that it only flowers when the sun sets or on cloudy days. Growing in a shrubby habit, this Datura can be quite invasive and is prohibited in many states because of its ability to self seed and spread quickly. Though friend to many because of its beauty and aromatic qualities, this plant can also be quite the foe to farmers. Datura is a highly toxic crop contaminator that has been known in cases of cotton crops, to overwhelm and cross pollinate the harvest, rendering it unusable.
Daturashave been long used in various Native American tribes as a hallucinogenic used for clairvoyance or in rites of passages rituals for a spiritual perspective. The delirium inducing properties are similar to the toxic makeup of Nightshade and the effects are closely related. Extreme confusion, hallucinations, hysteria, and death are all symptoms of Datura poisoning. The seeds are the most poisonous part of the plant and are deadly to humans and animals. In ancient Aztec culture, the plant was used as a medicinal pain killer and applied to wounds in a poultice or salve but only the most highly experienced medicine men were trusted with this tender perennial, as they could apply a nonlethal dosage.
Also known as "the devil's trumpet" Datura 'Evening Fragrance' has velvety gray-green foliage that is covered in fine hairs, and its blooms range from lavender to white, and typically have a soft violet hue around the rim of the trumpet-like flower. These make great container plants and are best grown close to your patio or porch so you can enjoy their lovely sweet scent!
*All parts of these flowering plants are poisonous, including seeds. Exercise extreme caution around children and pets.*
Remove seedpods regularly to encourage further blooming. Plants can be overwintered in frost-free conditions. Simply cut back to the base and keep the plant barely moist.