Sunday, April 29, 2012

Datura / Angel's Trumpet

It's come up again that datura is coming out as a great local hardy plant that has beautiful night blooms and is good for adding a splash to your landscape.
What I haven't heard about is the warnings for people with children.  The plant is avoided by most everything unless it's a last resort. The plant in it's entirety is poisonous and the seeds in the pod have been used for centuries as a halucinogen. A big problem is that you can't tell until it's too late that you've ingested too much.  Every year there are fatal or near fatal cases of kids eating the seeds for fun which makes little sense since dogs won't even chew on them, at least not in my neighborhood.

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