Trials and tales of a not-so-advanced gardener--both in the dirt and beyond.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Bloom from this summer

My aunt and garden mentor sent me home with some plant starts this summer. Among them was what she called a moon flower. I planted the starts and waited patiently. In September, it happened! A bloom and what a beautiful one!

From my research this seems to be a Datura Wrightii. Some common names include Moon flower, Jimson Weed and Thorn Apple.

It has some hallucinogenic qualities I hear and is considered poisonous. YIKES! I like it enough to keep it around, though.

We'll see if it decides to come back next year. Several of it's common names I found for it included the word weed, so it's likely that it will come back even stronger.

I don't remember seeing any of these seed pods, but they look pretty neat.