Care of Purple Datura

Overview

Purple datura is an excellent plant choice for indoor or outdoor gardening. Also known as angel's trumpet and jimson weed, among others, datura is a fragrant, night-blooming plant that can grow to a height of 4 to 5 feet. Purple datura also blooms in white. It is very poisonous, so keeping it away from children and pets is a must. Gardeners praise datura for its night-blooming beauty and fragrance. Follow a few steps and grow a purple datura in your own home or garden.

Purple Datura as a Garden Plant

Step 1

Plant the purple datura in a sunny spot where it will receive full to partial sun throughout the day.

Step 2

Keep the soil around the base of the tree always moist to the touch. Add 2 to 3 inches of mulch to help keep the soil moist and aid in keeping away weeds.

Step 3

Dig up the datura before the first frost of winter and move it indoors.

Purple Datura as a House Plant

Step 1

Place the datura plant where it will receive full sun for most of the day to promote optimal growth.

Step 2

Water the purple datura plant from spring through winter, keeping the soil moist to the touch but never soaked. Water the datura in the winter only when the soil becomes excessively dry. Exposure to excess water can increase the risk of fungal disease.

Step 3

Re-pot the purple datura plant in the spring if it has outgrown the pot's size, as datura can grow rapidly and yearly pot changing may be necessary to allow the roots room to spread out to provide the best growth.

Step 4

Pinch away any seed pods from the datura to encourage more blooming throughout the rest of the year.

Things You'll Need

  • Purple datura plant
  • Mulch

References

  • Colorado State University Cooperative Extension: Datura
  • Emily Compost: Wildflowers and Weeds
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About this Author

Jason M. Bruner is a freelance writer who has been in the field for more than five years. His content has been previously published on sites such as eHow.