Datura discolor Datura, Jimson Weed
SHRUBBY ANNUAL. A sturdy plant with many branches and leaves
with shallow scalloped edges. Flowers are trumpet
shaped, with five fused white petals and a purple throat, and bloom
at night and/or early morning. Seedpods are oval
with long stout spines. Grows on dry, disturbed ground in full
sun. Blooms in midsummer. D. stramonium (an exotic
species that is more common in the eastern U.S.) is not yet recorded
for the Empires. It has slightly narrower flowers,
egg-shaped pods with smaller spines, and more deeply scalloped leaves.
See D. wrightii.
FAMILY: Solanacea (Nightshade or Tomato Family)