Is this a Moon Flower?

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Date Photo Taken: Sept. 24, 2011
Location: Norcross, Ga.
Posted By: Norcross


This plant grows about 4 ft. tall with a spred of about 4 ft.

The flower resembles an Angle Trupet, but the plant stock is not as woody

After the flower dies a spiny seed pod developes.

It seems to grow back each year when you only cut it down and leave the big root.


  1. Katie P Unregistered says:

    Yes, it is Moonflower. It is an annual with fragrant flowers easily grown from seed. it’s possible that the root survives the winter in your landscape, but that is not common in the Atlanta area. It may become invasive if allowed to go to seed. Control by deadheading before seeds set.

    October 10th, 2011 at 10:44 am
  2. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    I call it Devil’s trumpet – Datura weed

    October 10th, 2011 at 12:43 pm
  3. Janice Unregistered says:

    This looks to be Datura/Jimson Weed. It is poisonous and invasive. The roots become substantial very quickly.

    October 10th, 2011 at 2:21 pm
  4. Roberet Unregistered says:

    Would you say this should be pulled out of your landscape or left as is but control the reseeding?

    October 10th, 2011 at 6:08 pm
  5. stone Unregistered says:

    Datura wrighti.
    I find this moonflower / flashlight bush to be a valuable addition to the dry landscape.

    When the hawk moths are swooping at dusk just as the flowers have opened is a very exciting time for me.

    While the plant probably shouldn’t be on the menu, this doesn’t mean that you should take it out, most of the deer-proof landscape plants are toxic, datura is just one more.

    I’ve never noticed this datura to be agressive. It tends to stay put.

    When people talk about annual datura that comes up everywhere, they are confusing this perennial with a relative plant, Datura stramonium.

    October 19th, 2011 at 12:57 pm
  6. Sheila Unregistered says:

    I recenently purchased a moon flower bush from the Creative Interprise group. It seems it is more viney-spread out rather than up and taking over. Can it be pruned back and will the cuttings root? Also, How do you collect seeds? Everyone says they are very fragrant, I have only noticed an occasional very faint sweetness/scent.


    August 25th, 2012 at 10:22 am

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