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Description for Jimson Weed
Jimsonweed is an annual, growing up to a height of 5 feet with large purplish or white trumpet-shaped flowers and spiny, egg-shaped fruits. The stem is purplish and glabrous (smooth) and the leaves are ovate, irregularly lobed, to 8 in long, and have a foul odor.
The flowers, however, are fragrant and sweet-smelling. They open for only one evening, but new ones continue to open throughout the summer and autumn. The flowers are white or pale lavender, shaped like a five-sided funnel, 2-4 in long.
Planting and care
It is a weed that prefers a warmer climate than Britain, but in hot summer weather, they are quite commonly found.
Caring for Jimson Weed
- Sow the datura seeds across the surface of the germinating medium and sprinkle 1/8 inch of germinating medium over the seeds.
- Thoroughly mist the seeds and medium.
- Prepare a suitable germinating medium and flat or bots with adequate drain holes, Use sterile, clean containers to prevent the spread of disease and a well-drained medium that could contain a mixture of sphagnum peat moss, perlite or vermiculite, and sand.
Typical uses of Jimson Weed
Special features: Although this plant is commercially grown for production of medical products, it is poisonous in all of its parts to humans and should never be planted in home landscapes. Arguably it should only be grown in controlled situations for commercial drug production, research, or teaching.
Culinary use: NA
Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purposes.
Medicinal use: Asthma
- Barceloux, Donald G. (2008). "Cascara". Medical Toxicology of Natural Substances: Foods, Fungi, Medicinal Herbs, Plants, and Venomous Animals. John Wiley & Sons. p. 1877. ISBN 978-1-118-38276-9.
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