Death Blossoms and Moon Flowers

Datura


There is a white blossomed weed whose flowers glow in the moonlight. It's scientific name is datura.

It has been used as both a poison and as a hallucinogen.

In our garden it blooms best on cool, moonlit nights. The white trumpets aiming their silent music at the starry sky straight overhead.

The blossoms like cool mornings as well and often there are twenty or so yawning before the sun has risen and closing up at dawn to sleep through the day.

The flowers only seem to last for 24 hours so the sleep is one of death.


Wicked Spikes


The seed pod that develops shortly after the white flower drops is a green, wicked looking spiky affair and it appears that it would be painful to step on one with an unshod foot. The photographer did not find the seed poods attractive enough to photograph so use your imagination.

Death Blossoms


Eat it and die. Apparently the effects of ingestion of the plant can be haliucinations, amnesia and death. Keep it away from kids and pets.

Beautiful but deadly.


It's also an invasive plant. This sucker will take over if you let it.

It produces an UnGodly number of seed pods and spreads whenever and wherever it gets the chance.

Devil's Trumpet


The plant has many names. Devil's Trumpet is one. Jimson weed is another. Night shade or deadly nightshade is yet another.

The plant and flower have a colorful history in several cultures including the Hindu culture.

Bees find the large, white flowers irrestible
Bees find the large, white flowers irrestible

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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

Your hub sums it up well a beautiful plant but deadly.


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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

Thanks for dropping by!


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justmesuzanne 2 years ago from Texas

We had these at the house where I grew up. They were lovely and smelled so beautiful at night. They never spread from their little bed. I have tried unsuccessfully to grow them several time since then. They must not be very invasive because I can never get them to establish themselves.

Voted up and beautiful! :)


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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

Glad you liked the hub Suzanne!


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Sylvestermouse 2 years ago from United States

It is quite beautiful and not so very surprising that it could be deadly. I wouldn't mind seeing one in the wild, but I think I will pass on putting them in my garden, for my dogs sakes :)


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poetryman6969 2 years ago Author

Sylvestermouse: Probably a wise decision for the sake of the dogs.


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AliciaC 24 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

The flowers are beautiful. I wouldn't want such a dangerous plant in my garden, but I enjoyed learning about it.


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poetryman6969 24 months ago Author

Alicia, thanks for dropping by! The moon flower hasn't killed anybody yet. That I know of...


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Sunshine625 22 months ago from Orlando, FL

Powerful and beautiful flower...I never heard of it, until now. Thank you for the lesson.


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poetryman6969 22 months ago Author

Hello Sunshine. Meet the flowers! Have blessed evening.

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