Large, trumpet-shaped, white corollas, generally withered by early morning, protrude from the coarse foliage of this stout, branched, rank-smelling plant.
Extracts from this plant and its relatives are narcotic and, if ingested, potentially lethal. The narcotic properties of species have been known since before recorded history. They once figured importantly in the religious ceremonies of southwestern Indians.
The species name of this plant is for Charles Wright, 1811-1885, a worldwide botanical collector but mainly in Texas (1837-1852), Cuba, and his native Connecticut.
Jimsonweed is a branching forb that blooms large, white, fragrant, trumpet-like flowers from evening through the morning. The flowers protrude from the coarse foliage of this stout, rank-smelling plant. The wilted flowers are somewhat unsightly in the afternoon but extremely showy in the evening and morning. All parts of the plant are highly toxic.
Light: Full Sun, Part Shade
Zone: 9, 10, 11
Origin: North America