et venit Datura wrightii

Taxonomic Info:
Datura wrightii or “Sacred Datura” (aka: Moonflower) is the name of a poisonous perennial weed and ornamental flower of southwestern North America. It is sometimes used as a hallucinogen. Datura wrightii is classified as a deliriant and an anticholinergic.

It is a vigorous herbaceous perennial that grows 30 cm to 1.5 m tall and wide. The leaves are broad and rounded at the base, tapering to a point, often with wavy margins. The flowers are the most striking feature, being sweetly fragrant white trumpets up to 20 cm (8 inches) long, often tinted purple, especially at the margin. There are five narrow points spaced symmetrically around the rim. It can bloom from April to October. In clear weather, flowers open at nearly full dark and wither a few hours after sunrise the following morning; in cloudy weather, they may open earlier and last longer.

The seeds are borne in a spiny, globular capsule (Devil’s Apple) 3 to 4 cm in diameter, which opens when fully ripe. Datura wrightii is found in northern Mexico and the adjoining U.S. states, as far north as southern Utah, in open land with well-drained soils. It is also commonly planted as an ornamental, especially in xeriscapes.

The name commemorates the botanist Charles Wright.

I’m growing this plant, and it’s going to bloom tonight!!! Eeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

Datura wrightii bud; 3 days ago.

Datura wrightii bud; 2 days ago. (purple lips emerge)

Datura wrightii bud; last night. I was hopeful that it would open last night, so I did some time-lapse photography (10mins/6 hrs … coming in a later post). The bud just grew larger. What a disappointment.

Datura wrightii plant w/ 7″ bud; this A.M.

Datura wrightii sepal showing emerging huge petals.

Yeah, it’s Friday… but I won’t be out tonight, because my geek ass is going to be doing more time-lapse photography of the bloom.


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