Deciduous Sun to part shade Height 5 – 15’ Spread 5-6’ Spacing 6’ – 7’
HABIT: Shrubby perennial or small tree with large bright green leaves, large dramatic hanging trumpet shaped flowers in many colors. Flowers are fragrant and bloom from spring to fall. Fragrance is most noticeable in the evening.
CULTURE: Best in rich organic soils and in area protected from the wind. Normal water, heavy fertilization for best flower production.
USES: Summer color and garden fragrance. Good in containers.
PROBLEMS: Wind damage when exposed. Will drop leaves and flowers if allowed o get dry.
NOTES: These plants are closely related to Datura. Will grow in shady places but will not bloom well. ‘Grimaldii’ is one of the toughest and most dependable perennial form.
WARNING: Consumption of any part of the plant may result in severe anticholinergic toxicity. In past years, toxicity has largely resulted from accidental ingestion, but in 1994 there was a ten-fold increase in the number of reported ingestions throughout the state of Florida, largely by persons experimenting with the plant for its hallucinogenic effects.
All parts of the plant are toxic. Symptoms may include intense thirst, difficulty with speech and swallowing, vomiting and diarrhrea, fever, confusion, hallucinations, delirium, dilated pupils, seizures and coma. Deaths have occurred. The perfume can cause respiratory irritation, headaches, nausea, and light-headedness. Eye contact with the sap may cause dilated pupils and temporary blindness.