low to very low
2 ft to 3 ft
2 ft to 3 ft.
central and south America
USDA zones 8-11
Sacred datura is a mounding annual flower native to central and south America. It is a striking plant because of its large, triangular fuzzy leaves and huge trumpet-shaped white flowers. Once the flowers are pollinated, the create an interesting large spiny seed pod. Its sap is toxic to humans and animals, but has not been a problem at the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden.
Sacred datura has been an interesting plant at the Xeriscape Garden. It grows well in hot, dry, sunny locations, particularly in areas of disturbed soil where the seed has a chance to germinate. The flowers and seed pods are large and noticeable, making it a good annual flower for dry locations. Most of the plants at the Xeriscape Garden have grown from seedlings from prior year's plants.
In Colorado Springs, sacred datura lives only one growing season. Once winter arrives the plants dies, so any remaining leaves or stems can be removed.