Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Angel's Trumpet Flower

This morning, before I had a chance to have my early morning beverage, my wife comes running in from outside, telling me to get my camera and take a couple of snaps of her newest plant. She had received the seeds last year from her cousin in Belleville, Ont., and apparently had to go through great lengths just to get them to germinate. They had to be frozen for several days, then put in warm water for 24 hours, after which she had to cut the ends off of the seeds. She was ready to throw them in the garbage after about 6 weeks in the soil, when finally they started to peek out and look like they would do something. They are known as Datura plants, and this variety was known as "Angel's Trumpet" or Datura Metel plant. Apparently, all parts of it are poisonous! That will likely mean that when the kids show up, we will have to make sure that they do not handle them, or pick them, and then put their fingers in their mouths or rub their eyes. The blossoms are about 6 inches long and 3 inches wide. They are purple on the outside, and white on the inside. One of the plants have about 25 to 30 blossoms that will likely open in the next day or so. That should be good for a few more pictures. However, the heat here in Windsor has been absolutely oppressive in the last couple of days, and tomorrow it is supposed to be +48C with the humidex factored in. That kind of heat will cause almost anything to wilt, so I expect that if I want to catch many more shots of these, it might be best to do it very early in the morning before the flowers and the old guy both wilt....

P.S. For further info on this plant, check out http://www.b-and-t-world-seeds.com/Datura.htm

8 comments:

John Minkowsyj said...

Very interesting plant. Very beautiful.
It reminds me of the plant Mr. Wilson grew in the 'Dennis the Menace' movie. It bloomed once every 7 yrs . and it finally bloomed. He called in the horticultural club, so that he could receive the honour for best plant. Only to have Dennis rain on his parade.
So this plant is poisonous. WOW.

David c.h. Brown said...

Hey John,
Thanks for checking in today. Man it is HOT! As to the poisonous qualities of this plant, it is probably no more dangerous to you than the Poinsettia Plant, or Dieffenbachia plants. It is only when you decide to smoke it...or make a tea out of it, that you will see pink elephants etc..LOL! It has some extremely potent properties such as atropine which is used in medicine. You might want to check out this link..http://www.b-and-t-world-seeds.com/Datura.htm Thanks, Dave

Krys and Paul said...

Beautiful!

The first time I saw this plant was in the garden of the English Church in Funchal Madeira. That was a variation with cream coloured flowers that hung down. When I got back to Toronto, I found white versions growing out of the pavement. your wife may be sorry she got it started ;-) but it is a beautiful variety.

She should look at nigfht-blooming cereus (or maybe you already have one?) The plants are ugly but the flowers are amazing, too - my sister used to have dinner parties to watch it bloom at night.

David c.h. Brown said...

Hi Krys and Paul,
Thanks for checking it out. It is a beautiful plant, and our grand children discovered it today. Much washing of the hands happened..LOL! No we do not have any night blooming plants as far as I know, and I am not going to mention it either...Thanks, Dave

Mike de Moree said...

Beautiful flower Dave. Marianne had it in her garden but a white variety. It was very nice but can be invasive. Remember it is self seeding. Enjoy the heat.
mike

David c.h. Brown said...

Hi Mike,
Thanks for checking in. I think Sharon plans to harvest the seed pods and keep them from spreading too much...but I could be wrong! It stated in the Windsor Star today that this July was the hottest ever recorded here. The heat I can handle, but the humidity is a real killer. You just can't do much. Thanks, Dave

John Minkowskyj said...

A night blooming variety! Wow that does sound like the 'Dennis the Menace' movie.(re:Krys & Pauls comment.
We were visiting friends from N. Bay who have a cottage on Kennisis Lake in the Haliburton area and came across an 'Independent' store that was selling this flower but in a solid yellow. I guess there a number of variations.

David c.h. Brown said...

Hey John,
Yes there are quite a variety of these flowers. I am certainly no botanist, and I usually do a little "Googling" afterward to get some information on plants or flowers that I have no clue about. Thanks, Dave