Death Blossoms and Moon Flowers
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.
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.
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.
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.