How to Grow Jimson Weed


Jimson weed is a wild-growing plant that goes by other names such as Locoweed, Devil's Trumpet, Thorn Apple and Stinkweed. It is identified by tall thorn-covered stalks and blooming white and purple flowers. Jimson weed contains a powerful chemical known as Atropine, which has been used as a medicinal herb to potentially treat bedwetting, tense muscles and epilepsy. Growing Jimson weed doesn't require that you have a green thumb.

Step 1

Dig a trench to sow the seeds, making it about 1 foot deep by 8 inches wide.

Step 2

Fill the trench with potting soil.

Step 3

Mix the potting soil with the earth that was dug from the trench.

Step 4

Sow each seed, pointy side down, about 1/4 inch beneath the surface of the soil. Make sure you do this by early spring, if you want the Jimson weed to bloom by autumn.

Step 5

Water liberally once a week until the sprouts are about 1 foot tall. Reduce the frequency of watering to once every two weeks.

Tips and Warnings

  • Jimson weed is toxic to animals and people. It should never be planted where pets, livestock or children play. Don't over-water Jimson weed. It grows well in the wild of the Southwest United States, and doesn't require nutrient-rich soil or fertilization.

Things You'll Need

  • Jimson weed seeds
  • Potting soil (25 lbs)
  • Shovel


  • Jimson weed
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