Datura Purple Double (Horn of Plenty) (Purple Queen Double)

Datura Purple Double Seeds (Horn of Plenty) (Purple Queen Double)

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A very beautiful, very interesting looking plant. Frilly, double, midnight-purple fluted horns or trumpet flowers, with white interiors burst open in profusion throughout the Summer.

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Datura double purple, the Horn of plenty or the Downy thorn apple, is a member of the Soanaceae, or nightshade family. It grows 3 or 4 feet tall and origins of Central America. More compact in container. Normally treated as an annual, the plant can be over-wintered in a greenhouse environment. A very beautiful, very interesting looking plant. Frilly, double, midnight-purple fluted horns or trumpet flowers, with white interiors burst open in profusion throughout the Summer, commonly 12-18 cm long. Very fragrant at night and a good part of the morning. The plants will start flowering when they are about a foot tall. The leaves are ovate, large, dark green, 25 cm long, 20 cm wide; sometimes with purple stems. The fruit is prickly or spiny. It seeds prolifically. Remove seed pods regularly to encourage further blooms. All parts of plant are poisonous if ingested. Hardiness zones 7-11, (-15°C/5°F, 4°C/40°F) in Winter. Perennial in zone 11, annual elsewhere. They thrive in rich garden soil. Flowering and growth is most pronounced in partial sun to full sun, and rich soils that get regular waterings. Do not feed plants, but water well.
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Common name Devil's Trumpet Purple Double
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Genus No
Species Datura metel
Cultivar Purple Double
Therapeutic uses No
Germination Easy to grow from seed started indoors a month before the last frost. Soak seed in warm water for 24 hours before sowing. Place seed on the surface of lightly firmed, moist seed compost in pots or trays and cover with a fine sprinkling of compost or vermiculite. Seal container inside a polythene bag and keep at a temperature of between 15-20ºC (59-68ºF). After sowing, do not exclude light as this helps germination. Keep the surface of the compost moist but not waterlogged. Germination usually takes 21-60 days, it can be more, don't give up.
Scarification / Stratification No

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