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Buy Datura Trumpet Flower Seeds Online

Updated on December 3, 2012

Datura trumpet flowers are gorgeous, highly scented plants that would make a stunning display in your garden.

If you've never tried growing them, have a look here at the wonderful seeds you can buy online.

Datura is a member of the nightshade family (solanaceae) and is closely associated with the beautiful brugmansias, but they have recently been reclassified into two distinct genus groups.

The main difference between the two is that brugmansias form woody stems to make trees or shrubs and their trumpet flowers are pendulous.

Datura trumpet flowers are erect and spreading, and the plant is more compact.

However, people still tend to think of them both as being very similar, if not the same, and that is why the seeds of both are on display here.

Both daturas and brugmansias are highly poisonous, containing scopolamine, hyoscyamine and atropine, the combination of which can kill.

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The Datura (Brugmansia) Trumpet Flower

I first met this beautiful datura flower here in Spain. I was walking down a country road and as I passed someone's garden I became aware of the most Heavenly scent. I looked over and there was this shrub covered in massive trumpet shaped pendulous flowers, that I had never seen before. Each flower was a good 12" long and just looked amazing. I snapped off a softwood cutting and smuggled it home with me (I lived in Scotland at the time). I searched the internet to identify it as a brugmansia, and rooted the cutting in my greenhouse.

When I eventually moved to Spain I gave that plant to my aunt who had a warm conservatory, where it still flowers.

I've since learned of course that brugmansias come in all different colors, and all have beautiful trumpet shaped flowers that have a glorious scent.

This part of Spain has a subtropical climate and so daturas (brugmansias) grow outside quite happily, but I have already proven they they can grow as a houseplant if given plenty of water and light.

The only thing I would caution is to keep brugmansias and their trumpet flowers out of reach of children and pets. They are not nicknamed "Hell's Bells" for nothing!

Growing Brugmansia Seeds

Some experience is recommended to grow these wonderful plants.

  • grow angel trumpet flowers a sunny, sheltered spot in USDA zones 9 - 10, else indoors in a warm, bright area
  • grows 10' - 15' tall (but can easily be pruned into shape)
  • very highly scented flowers
  • flowers 12" - 14" long
  • fast growing
  • feed well in summer
  • flowers from summer through to first frosts
  • can be overwintered in a shed or indoors

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Datura Angel Trumpet Flowers

Now we come to the daturas and as you can see the flowers are erect and grow up the way, instead of hanging down like the Hell's Bells above.

Formerly known as "witches' weeds", the datura has a long history of use by witches in brews and potions.

The earliest mention of this plant in history is in 1662 and comes from the Hindu word dhatura meaning thorn apple.

What is incredibly interesting about the datura, and why it took a long time to identify it, is because it changes depending on its location. If grown in a boggy shady location it can grow as tall as a person, with magnificent big trumpet flowers and leaves, and if grown in a dry open location it can be a little straggly looking plant with small leaves and flowers.

Guess that tells us it prefers to grow in shady areas.

It grows the world over and is not especially fussed about either location or temperature.

Growing Datura Seeds

In general, daturas will grow at much lower temperatures than brugmansias.

  • Grows in USDA zone 7 - 11
  • best treated as annuals in cooler climates, and as tender shrubs in warmer climates
  • easy to grow reaches 3' - 6' depending on variety
  • highly scented flowers
  • flowers are highly poisonous
  • prefers to be grown in full sun/part shade
  • some varieties are low growing and spreading

Double Lavender Angel's Trumpets Datura
Double Lavender Angel's Trumpets Datura

Double Lavender Angels Trumpet 6 Seeds Datura

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Moonflower Opening

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If you've skipped the video, go back and watch it. It is really brilliant watching the datura moonflowers opening and glowing in the dark!

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    • Nan Mynatt profile image

      Nan Mynatt 6 years ago from Illinois

      Thanks for the information, I am going to order the seeds on line. The pictures are beautiful. I can start growing them in pots and transplant them.

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      Nan, they are gorgeous plants - but be very careful of you have any pets or children around.

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      chspublish 6 years ago from Ireland

      You've got me convinced - they're really lovely. Never thought of them before. Thanks for the idea.

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      ngureco 6 years ago

      Datura has very beautiful flowers .... but datura can be extremely poisonous.

      Thank you for sharing.

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      IzzyM 6 years ago from UK

      yes, as is brugmansia. But with no children, pets and mad junkies around, it is a beautiful plant to grow :)

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      Catherine Tally 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      I agree that brugmansia is fast growing and makes a nice large shrub or small tree for the garden. It is well suited for hot/ dry areas but will need deep watering every 3 weeks and protection from strong wind and frost. All parts are poisonous, so handling w/ gloves is encouraged. It has lots of beautiful trumpet flowers that subtlely scent the summer evenings. A good slow release fertilizer like Osmocote 14.14.14 will keep it flourishing.

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      Bonnie Woodworth 5 years ago

      Nice article! I have been wanting to plant a brugmansia since we have moved to Florida but I have young kids and a dog so i am waiting. :)

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      IzzyM 5 years ago from UK

      I have a little rooted cutting that I'm going to put in one of my raised beds when I get round to filling it with compost. That should keep it away from the dogs.

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      Riviera Rose 4 years ago from South of France

      Last summer I saw one of these for the first time, planted by the municipality on a suburban street - I had no idea what it was but then found it in my gardening catalogue. I am now the proud owner of one (very small) plant and can't wait to follow its development. Gorgeous photos and video, thanks!

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