Datura Trivia

Shawn Pollard pollards22@yahoo.com
Mon, 30 Dec 2013 07:08:34 PST
The sacred jimsonweed (Datura wrightii / meteloides) is the most perennial of the southwestern U.S. species and can get become a large sprawling monster when happy in cultivation.  I'm not aware of it developing a geophytic root, though.  To be reliably perennial, it needs tough love.  The most perennial individuals I have observed, returning year after year, were at middle elevations (3,000-5,000 feet) in southeastern Arizona and West Texas where they freeze back to their roots every winter.

Interestingly, "jimsonweed" is reportedly a corruption of "Jamestown weed."  There is apparently at least one Datura species native to Virginia whose special properties were made known to the early colonists.

Shawn Pollard
Yuma, AZ

On Sun, 12/29/13, Aad van Beek <avbeek1@hotmail.com> wrote:

 Subject: Re: [pbs] Onward through the fog! - More Drivel and Trivia :-)
 To: "Pacific Bulb Society" <pbs@lists.ibiblio.org>
 Date: Sunday, December 29, 2013, 8:16 PM
 Leo wrote
 > We have several bulbs in the lower Sonoran Desert,
 including what we know as
 > Dichelostemma pulchellum, as well as Hesperocallis
 undulata. There are also Asclepias
 > and Datura species with undergound storage organs.
 Datura are mostly annuals and some of them can become very
 weedy. Never seen a datura with underground storage organ.
 Do you have a name and picture of such a datura.
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