Sunday, February 14, 2010

Today's Flower # 80 - Datura - Devils Trumpet

My friend Luiz from Brazil does the Today's Flowers Meme, check it out. Come and join with your flower photos. Sunday at 2 GMT is the post time. Thanks Luiz for featuring my plant on today's Flowers. A Happy Valentines wish to all my friends.

This past Spring I found this flower in a compost heap at the local city waste recycle yard were I get my free mulch. I dug it up and transplanted it in a low light area by the deck. I thought if it didn't make it I wasn't losing anything. After a few deep waterings it came back to life.
It had just flowered so it set it seeds. I learned it was called a Datura or Devils Trumpet and the plant if ingested was toxic to humans. I handle it with care. The seed pods looked very dangerous and reminded me of the nut of a Horse Chestnut tree.
The Datura prospered in that deck corner and was a prolific bloomer. You can see the white trumpet shaped flowers.
I was pleased with the blooms and the beauty which was shown on this dew filled morning. I now wonder if it will reproduce next year.

I do hope you enjoyed my newly found flower the Datura.

38 comments:

wenn said...

wow, love the color! lovely flowers!

Digital Flower Pictures said...

It is a lovely flower. I saw one of these in Hawaii that had grown into a small tree about 15 feet tall and 6 feet wide. You are right to handle the plant carefully it can be toxic.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Fantastic.The dew covered flower was spectacular.Hope you will have a wonderful Valentine's Day with those you love.
Blessings,Ruth

eileeninmd said...

It is a lovely flower and to think that you found it and dug it up is great.

Chie Wilks said...

such a lovely and powerful flower you have photographed....

mine's here

Randi said...

That´s a wonderful flower. I had a purple last summer and I hope it will survive in my orangerie.

Ebie said...

I love this flower, and it is beautiful. I have seen light pinks, but have not seen whites.

The flower has a character of its own.

Congratulations, too, for being featured at TF!

Pat's Addition said...

Last shot is great. Just don't eat 'em. I like your Carolina wren photos, we have a sweet little house wren here.

guild-rez said...

Very beautiful pictures of beautiful Datura plants.
Love the shot with dew covering the flower.
Nice...

Carver said...

The datura is lovely and your shots on the home page of today's flowers are also great. Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours.

Self Sagacity said...

Gorgeous Flowers!

MedaM said...

I love trumpet flowers. I have it in yellor color which grows in my flower pot. This white flower dew coverd looks really lovely and your photo is fantastic. Beautiful post!

Naturegirl said...

This is a beautiful flower..one that would NOT do well here in my snow climate..it needs overwintering and with it's size I have no space..so I admire it in local public gardens.It grows so tall!
A wonderful choice Fishing guy.
Happy Valentine's Day!

jabblog said...

What a lucky find! It is a beautiful flower and your photographs really do it justice :-)

Mama Zen said...

That last picture is just gorgeous!

SandyCarlson said...

These are really, really lovely.

Sara Chapman in Seattle USA said...

That last photo with the dew is a real stunner. And I think it's interesting that the leaves look so much like potato plants, but this one is so toxic. Maybe they are both in the "deadly nightshade" family? Great pix.

Rose said...

It is lovely...I will have to look it up and see if it comes in any other color. It looks like one that would attract hummingbirds.

imac said...

Beauties, but I love the dew flower Tom.

Carletta said...

That last shot is beautiful Tom!
Really beautiful!

happily retired gal said...

Interesting post about a new plant to me! Love that last photo with the dewdrops especially.
Hugs and blessings,
Today's Flowers

Gaelyn said...

Nice rescue Tom. We have Datura flowering here in the southern desert and it blooms every year. Sure hope yours makes it through all the snow.

Hilary said...

Wow.. that last shot is a beauty.

eden said...

Such a lovely flower, Tom!. I haven't seen that flower here. Great shot!

blog with no name said...

Tom, up on the rez, Navajo use small doses to induce vomiting before a sweat, in preperation for a peyote meeting. rough stuff for sure!

Pietro said...

Tom, these are really nice flowers. Beautiful images!

Kichu $ Chinnu | കിച്ചു $ ചിന്നു said...

loved the dew drops on the white flower

Lara Neusiedler said...

the flower with the dew drops is superb!

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

It is strange that you should post this Tom as Gaelyn just mentionsed onmy blog of morning glories how similar they are. :) LOVE the shot with the water on it!!

lina@women's perspectives said...

Great shot :)
Stunning flower pictures...

Thanks for your comment

KaHolly said...

I DO love your new flower. I especially enjoy white blooms!

Craver Vii said...

What a beautiful bloom!

Dina said...

So glad you rescued her!

Twisted Fencepost said...

Thank you, FG! And I DO hope you and Mrs. FG had a nice Valentine's Day, too!
That last picture is gorgeous!!

Tipper said...

I hope it returns this year-such a beautiful flower-and I love the story of how you found it too.

Dar said...

Wow, your datura is so similar to my Moon Flower...the seed pod looks identical but my flower has only 4 points to its beautiful white bloom measuring 4 1/2" across and 8 1/2" long........yours is so lovely. I hope mine does the same with so many blooms...check out my Moon Flower in my late Jan. '10 archives...

NicoleB said...

I like that one too.
But better watch out that it doesn't take over your whole yard....!

nancy said...

We have these flowers. My brother called thm "Angel Trumpets". I guess they're a few varieties. Love your photos. Came over from Martha's blog. NANCY