Sacred Datura (Datura wrightii)
Sacred Datura (Datura wrightii) ~ Native Pollinator Plant
2 SOLD / 5 Packets Available (10 seeds per packet)
Sacred Datura is a tender herbaceous perennial native to Southwestern US deserts and Mexico. Stunning, fragrant, flaring white trumpet flowers, sometimes with a hint of lavender, grow on a plant that sprawls and can cover a lot of territory (up to 15 feet wide). This plant will flourish in disturbed soil in full sun with almost no water. All parts of the plant are toxic and no part of this plant should ever be ingested. Traditional usage (American Indian): shamanic.
Sow seeds in spring, after soaking in water for a day. Use a sandy, alkaline cactus mix or sow outdoors in fast draining soil. Barely cover seed and tamp well, then water and allow to dry out before watering again. Keep doing this until germination occurs, which may take some time. Datura seeds are reputed to have a 90% germination rate and may stay viable for as long as 4 decades. One grower has seen the seeds germinate all at once after the potting soil became dry and very hot, in the direct sun.
Because we have cold winters and late spring freezes, planting in a sheltered micro-climate by boulders or on the sunny side of a tree / shrub can offer some protection.
Open Pollinated, Untreated, NO GMO’s, Harvested in Paulden AZ
A Datura gardener commented: “Absolutely love this plant. Toxic, yes, but clearly not for the insects…before sunrise or at sunset, watch the honeybees and bumblebees go nuts. They will take turns diving into the flowers… before they even open! Cheaters! Amazing aroma too. By next days heat, flowers will wilt. Then the show starts all over again come sunset…”