Beautiful Flowers are Sometimes Toxic

 

 

A night-blooming Sacred Datura (Datura wrightii) trumpet flower starting to uncurl is a beautiful thing, but the plant is also a toxic hallucinogen. It’s in the nightshade family, along with tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant, but unlike those, is not edible.

Sphinx and Hawk moths are common pollinators of the plant.

To learn more about the plant, visit:

https://www.livescience.com/53153-sacred-datura-plant-photos.html  and

https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=dawr2

Photo copyright Martha Lochert. Use requires licensing.

www.MarthaLochertPhotography.com

 

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