Datura Varieties

boxcar_grower(5)March 10, 2007

I am in the process of planning out all the annual and perennial beds at my work. I grew some datura's last year. They were the double yellow and purple trumpets.

Last summer I passed a place that had a single white flower datura. Best of my knowledge it was either evening fragrance, belle blanche, or horn of plenty. These flowers were open in the afternoon. So I an thinking it was not evening fragrance. The plant was shrub like. About 3 feet by 3 feet with a graceful speading habit. The plants were covered in single white blooms all season.

Anyone know what variety it could have been? I see belle blanche for sale in white flower farms catalogue and horn of plenty for sale in Logee's book.

Help!

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karmahappytoes

Datura 'Wrightii' or 'Inoxia' which are two of our favorites beside the D. Missour Marble that has the variegated leaves. Happy Growing!!

    Bookmark   March 10, 2007 at 7:55PM
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bismuth

Belle Blanche and Horn of Plenty are synonyms for Datura metel var. metel. These plants have single, white blooms, smooth stems, and bumpy seed pods which might be a little spiky. Here's a picture of the seed pod:
http://www.hear.org/pier/images/dametp2.jpg

Evening Fragrance refers to Datura inoxia, which is also a single white Datura, but it has pubescent (hairy) stems and very spiny seed pods. It is often remarked that the fragrance of D. inoxia resembles that of peanut butter. Datura wrightii, for some reason, is not as common in landscapes as D. metel and D. inoxia. It is much like D. inoxia, though, except for the fact that the flowers are slightly larger than those of inoxia and they frequently have a violet or lavender tinge. I wish that I had a picture of an inoxia bloom next to a wrightii, because the difference in overall appearance is difficult to describe.
Here's a couple wrightii (or inoxia, can't really tell from the pod) seed pods:
http://museum.utep.edu/chih/plantimage2/daturawrightii1.jpg
http://www.timetotrack.com/jay/jimson4.jpg

Consider also that the common names of Datura are interchanged frequently, and many seed companies neglect to differentiate between D. metel var. metel and D. inoxia, referring to their plants only by their common name. I have seen catalogs with the same variety listed multiple times under different names and different prices. You'd be surprised at how many synonyms there are for Datura metel var. fastuosa (double/triple purple).

If you could remember the characteristics of the seed pod, that would be helpful in determining your mystery plant.

    Bookmark   March 13, 2007 at 11:44PM
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