Depending on the variety, datura plants are considered a landscaping beauty or a farmer's nightmare. A night-blooming species, the datura flower is trumpet shaped and while most often white in color, can be purple, red, lavender or yellow. Daturas are a good choice for a moon garden and require very little care. The varieties Datura stramonium and Datura innoxia can be lethal if consumed, and all varieties of datura are considered toxic.
Fill seed flats or peat pots with a good quality potting soil. Water the soil in the flats or pots until it is moist to the touch.
Spread datura seeds over the flat, leaving 1 to 2 inches between each seed. If using peat pots, place two seeds per pot.
Cover the seeds with 1/8 inch of dry potting soil.
Place the flats or pots in a warm, sunny location. Keep the soil moist to the touch until the seed germinates. This may take 14 to 30 days.
Transplant the seedlings after they have reached 2 to 3 inches high and all danger of frost has passed in your area. Space the plants 4 to 6 feet apart. Daturas can easily spread this distance.