Jimson Weed, Thorn Apple Datura stramonium

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Botanical Name:

Datura stramonium







Common Name:

Jimson Weed, Thorn Apple

Minimum Hardiness Zone:
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Growing Info:
Scarification: none required.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: Sow seed in Spring, lightly cover with soil.
Other: Will germinate in 3-6 weeks at 60 degrees Farenheit.
In a Nutshell:
* Datura stramonium , known by the common names jimson weed , devil's trumpet , devil's weed , thorn apple , tolguacha , Jamestown weed , stinkweed , locoweed , datura , moonflower , and, in South Africa , malpitte and mad seeds , is a common weed in the Solanaceae ( nightshade ) family. more...
* The thornapple is a bitter narcotic plant that relieves pain and encourages healing. It has a longhistory of use as a herbal medicine, though it is very poisonous and should be used with extreme caution. more...
* The use of this plant is subject to legal restrictions in some countries. It should be used with extreme caution and only under the supervision of a qualified practitioner since all parts of the plant are very poisonous and the difference between a medicinal dose and a toxic dose is very small. more...
* The leaves can be used as a very powerful mind-altering drug, they contain hyoscyamine and atropine. There are also traces of scopolamine, a potent cholinergic-blocking hallucinogen,which has been used to calm schizoid patients. more...
Usda description:
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