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    08 / 31 / 2014

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I live in the UK- west of London, this plant appeared by it’s self aprox 6/8 weeks ago, it puts me in mind of the ‘Datura’ which I had growing in my garden some 6 years ago ( and no I didn’t take any) but this one looks a little different and I can’t find it in Google Images, about 24″ tall by 16″ across, the flower is short not trumpet like the Datura, see it has 5 lobes coloured Mauve, white on the inside and outer, leaves are large-spread of hand and look somewhat like Stinging nettles.


  • Laura Unregistered says:

    That is a good question, maybe a search on some herbal websites will tell us. I understand that some people smoke this for ‘recreation’ purpose. Very brave folks :). I like the saying of the American Indians, thanks for sharing.

    September 9th, 2014 at 1:58am

  • Plantman Registered says:

    Hi Laura, After reading up on Datura I would say to everyone treat with extreme caution and leave well alone, unless one wanted to use it for its Psilocybin property, even then how much is ‘a little’? The American Indians have a saying about it,’eat/take a little and have a sleep, take a little more and have dreams, take a little more and never wake up’. As it is most likely that my plant grew from the mixed wild bird seeds I gave the garden birds last winter, I can’t help thinking that the suppliers of these seeds should be contacted and made aware of the consequences, so that they can stop using this seed in the mix.

    September 6th, 2014 at 2:37am

  • Laura Unregistered says:

    You’re welcome John Curtis (Plantman), thanks for sharing your interesting”heady”experience from Datura. I will be more cautious of it.

    September 6th, 2014 at 1:02am

  • John Curtis Registered says:

    Thank you Laura,yes the Shoo-fly, Nicandra, I was just about to post that I have just found out the name with help from the ‘Poison Garden’ site here in the UK, no not a Datura but a relative of,is not as poisonous but contains some, used medicanally in Tibet; I now think it got here in the mixed wild bird seed I used all last winter, it is a vigorous plant, I like the flower. Six years ago I did have a Datura in my garden, straight away I didn’t like it, on warm summers evenings the vapours from it drifted into my sitting room/lounge and I did feel quite ‘heady’ from it, I dug it up dried it and burnt it. Thank you for your help. John Curtis (Plantman)

    September 4th, 2014 at 4:45pm

  • Laura Unregistered says:

    Not Datura, looks like a very healthy Shoo-fly Plant (Nicandra physalodes).

    September 4th, 2014 at 2:29pm

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