Downy Thornapple - Indian Apple - Lovache - Moonflower
Sacred Datura - Angel Trumpet
Datura innoxia - Miller
Solanaceae (Nightshade) Family
Plant is an upright, smooth perennial. This has been a garden favorite for several years and some states no longer consider it a wildflower. Its preferred habitat is old barn yards, meadows, fence rows and the margin of thin woods. Distribution is occasional throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are large, alternate and normally displayed in sets of three; two smaller leaves at mid-stalk and a larger at the tip; often unlobed or nearly so; no teeth; shape is oval or heart-shaped with a leaf stalk attached between the lobes; smooth above and downy beneath; prominent midvein with five to six scattered side veins; pale green or sometimes purple leaf stalk.
Flowers are white, large, at the end of a short stalk; 4 to 8 inches across; funnel-shaped white corolla; bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form; 5-lobed; angular and sometimes with a greenish tube; 5 stamens; rank smelling. Flowers occur in late spring and summer.
Fruit is a spiny ball having several one-seeded chambers.
All parts of the plant are reportedly poisonous. Cattle and sheep have died after grazing on it and children have been poisoned by eating the fruit. Touching the leaf or flower may cause severe dermatitis is some people. Another southern species seen along roadsides in coastal Alabama and Florida is the Double-flower Jimson Weed, which is rare but may be seen occasionally in cypress bogs and brackish marsh areas.
This plant was the subject of Georgia OKeefes
famous painting of the Jimson Weed, which hangs in the Georgia
OKeefe Museum at Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Also known as Lovache in Mexico, it was one of the
plants of the gods among the Aztecs and other Indians.