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Yavapai County Native & Naturalized Plants

Datura wrightii - sacred thorn-apple

Synonyms: Datura inoxia, Datura metel, Datura meteloides
Other Common Names: sacred datura, Jimson weed, angel's trumpet, devil's weed
Plant Form: Forb or Subshrub

Family: Solanaceae

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Forb Plant Description

Origin: Native   Life Cycle: Annual or perennial
General Desc: Sprawling mounded plant with large gray-green leaves and large rank-smelling large white flowers.
Identification notes: Tall plant with a spreading habit, large ovate gray-green leaves and large white funnel-shaped flowers with 5 teeth and spiky round fruits with spines.
Height: To 4 feet


Habitat Description: Dry washes and roadsides in deserts, creosote brush, sagebrush and uplands.
Plant Communities: Desert Scrub, Interior Chaparral, Semidesert Grasslands, Pinyon Juniper Woodland, Disturbed Areas
Elevation: 1000 - 6500 feet

Flower Characteristics

Color: White to pale bluish-purple     Shape: Regular not in clusters     Tubular: Y     Flowering Period: Apr - Nov
Description: Trumpet-shaped rank smelling white flowers to 8 inches long with 5 large fused petals sometimes tinged with violet (bluish-purple) and a tendril-like tip at the middle edge of each petal. The flowers open late in the day and close in the morning.

Leaf and Stem Characteristics

Leaf Color: Grayish-green     Leaf Type: Simple     Leaf Shape: Triangular     Leaf Margin: Smooth     Leaf Attachment: Alternate     Leaves Clasp: N
Hairs: Leaves and stems     Spines: N
Leaf Description: Arrow-shaped velvety leaves are to 6 inches long and have prominent veins. The margins are wavy.

Fruit and Seed Characteristics

Fruit Color: Green to brown   
Fruit Type: Capsule
Fruit Notes: Round, spiny capsules are up to 2 inches wide.
Seed Notes: Capsules contain many brown to red-brown seeds.

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