Angel Trumpet Seeds- Datura stramonium , Thorn Apple,
Annual. Flowers light blue or white on a purple stem. Direct seed in warm, sunny location, or start in greenhouse in flats or pots. All the Datura species can be cultivated in the same manner, all contain stramonium and other potent alkaloids. All parts of the plant are toxic--leaf, root, flower and seed. Traditional uses include placing a fresh leaf behind the ear to prevent motion sickness, and making a fresh leaf poultice (applied externally) to allay pain of rheumatic and gladular swellings.
Datura stramonium , known by the common names , devil's trumpet , devil's weed , thorn apple , tolguacha , Jamestown weed ,stinkweed , locoweed , datura , moonflower , and, in South Africa , malpitte and mad seeds , is a common weed in the Solanaceae ( nightshade ) family.
Medicinal Uses: The thornapple is a bitter narcotic plant that relieves pain and encourages healing. It has a longhistory of use as a herbal medicine, though it is very poisonous and should be used with extreme caution. The leaves,flowering tops and seeds are anodyne, antiasthmatic, antispasmodic, hallucinogenic, hypnotic, mydriatic and narcotic.The seeds are the most active medicinally. The plant is used internally in the treatment of asthma and Parkinson's disease,excess causes giddiness, dry mouth, hallucinations and coma. Externally, it is used as a poultice or wash in the treatment offistulas, abscesses wounds and severe neuralgia.
The use of this plant is subject to legal restrictions in some countries. Itshould be used with extreme caution and only under the supervision of a qualified practitioner since all parts of the plant arevery poisonous and the difference between a medicinal dose and a toxic dose is very small. The leaves should be harvestedwhen the plant is in full flower, they are then dried for later use. The leaves can be used as a very powerful mind-alteringdrug, they contain hyoscyamine and atropine. There are also traces of scopolamine, a potent cholinergic-blocking hallucinogen,which has been used to calm schizoid patients. Atropine dilates the pupils and is used in eye surgery. The leaves have beensmoked as an antispasmodic in the treatment for asthma, though this practice is extremely dangerous.
The seeds are used inTibetan medicine, they are said to have a bitter and acrid taste with a cooling and very poisonous potency. Analgesic, anthelminticand anti-inflammatory, they are used in the treatment of stomach and intestinal pain due to worm infestation, toothache andfever from inflammations. The juice of the fruit is applied to the scalp to treat dandruff.
Stratification: none required.
Germination: Sow seed in Spring, lightly cover with soil.
Other: Will germinate in 3-6 weeks at 60 degrees Farenheit. are toxic; they easily resist deer and rabbits.
Materials: flowers,White,thorn apple,tolguacha,Jamestown weed,stinkweed,locoweed,datura,moonflower,Fragrant Trumpet flowers,Angel Trumpet,Yellow,BRUGMANSIA