Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Datura plant

When you walk on the riverside walk in Formentera the gardens are a pleasure they are well maintained by the council and have a great variety of shrubs and plants, The Datura is nice to look at but dangerous to touch, as it is very toxic and will cause delusions and hallucinations if ingested. It is a woody-stalked, leafy herb growing up to 2 metres. It produces spiney seed pods and large white or purple trumpet-shaped flowers that face upward. Common names are Jimson weed, Hell's Bells, Devil's weed, Devil's cucumber, angel's trumpet and devil's trumpet.

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