Sacred Datura

Night Blooming Datura

SACRED DATURA is a night-blooming perennial plant which grows wild throughout Mexico and the southwestern portion of United States. It produces large white flowers and blooms through the summer on plants which can reach three feet tall, then generates thorny seed pods which open when fully ripe. It is also referred to as Jimson Weed, Indian Apple and Indian Whiskey. It’s a poisonous hallucinogenic used by native cultures (the Chumash Tongva, in particular) for rites of passage, dreams, visions and astral travel. Many recreational users of the hallucinogen have died  from the depression of the respiratory system it causes and/or from secondary accidents incurred when their vision was temporarily lost, so don’t mess with it!  The photos I’ve included here show before and after the flower has bloomed.

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