Datura Trivia

penstemon penstemon@Q.com
Mon, 30 Dec 2013 09:44:09 PST
Shawn mentions Datura wrightii/meteloides. This might be the species 
sometimes seen in gardens here in the greater Washington, D.C. area. 
Carefully sited it is a good perennial here, and big old plants are very 
handsome. The flowers are deliciously lemon-scented in the evening; I've 
often heard them called "ladies of the evening".

The plants native to the southwestern US, including Colorado, are Datura 
Datura meteloides is a synonym for D. inoxia, a species from Mexico. (There 
is an easy, non-botanical way to test the difference. D. wrightii comes up 
the next spring after a cold winter, <-20C; D. inoxia/meteloides does not.)
See Barclay, New considerations in an old genus: Datura. Botanical Museum 
Leaflets, Harvard University, Vol. 18:6, 1959. Page 245 ff.

Snowdrops are up, here. Even the expensive ones.

Bob Nold, Denver, Colorado, USA, Zone 6, or maybe 5, or 4.

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