Mystery vegetable

« Back to Name that Plant

Date Photo Taken: 08/22/2013
Location: Leicester, Midlands, UK
Posted By: duncan


Big – 5ft – beast of a veggie, self-seeded from the compost bin, so must be something we have eaten! Looks like something in the cucumber/courgette family, but All the courgettes I have grown in the past have been low to the ground. Anyone know hat it is? It has just developed what look like small fruit buds (see 2nd photo). Hope someone can help – plan B is just to water it, wait and see what it produces!


  1. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    Enjoy the blooms, but don’t eat it…
    Jimsonweed (Datura stramonium)

    Some people call it a flower, and enjoy the Sphingidae when they visit the flowers.

    Some people call it a weed…

    some people are terrified of it…

    some people consume it deliberately, in search of visions… But that isn’t much fun…

    I use it as a deterrent, to keep the rodents from eating my plants…

    August 23rd, 2013 at 2:56 pm
  2. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    So share your visions Stone!

    August 23rd, 2013 at 6:01 pm
  3. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    One of datura’s greatest shortfalls is that it has an amnesiac effect… like your normal dreams on awakening, it all fades away quickly.

    Not only is it unpleasant, you won’t even get to remember much about the experience!

    We had a discussion about the daturas and brugmansias over at ubc botanical garden:

    August 23rd, 2013 at 7:11 pm

Leave a Reply