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Sacred Datura, Sacred Thorn Apple, Jimsonweed, Toluaca
Datura inoxia ssp. quinquecuspida, Datura metel var. quinquecuspida, Datura meteloides
< 5,700 ft.
February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October
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Pollinator or food source for:
TOXIC, Food for insects & larvae
medicinal, ritual or tobacco
Chihuahuan, Great Basin, Mojave, Sonoran
The flower of Sacred Datura is open in the evening and will stay open during the daytime if it is cloudy but will close during bright sunlight. All plant parts are toxic to humans and animals and may be fatal if ingested.
Datura wrightii is a sprawling perennial and member of the Solanaceae (Nightshade) family. Flowers are very large (6-7 in.), funnel-shaped and white, often tinged with lavender. Joshua Tree National Park | April 2011
Flower tubes of Datura wrightii are ribbed, and flowers close into a folded spiral. Leaves are large, dark green and soft. Pioneertown, CA | October 2015
Note that the edges of this Datura wrightii flower have been nibbled on, perhaps by the beetle at the top of the photo. This plant is very toxic to humans and mammals, but may not be to insects. Joshua Tree National Park | April 2015