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Datura, Mranaha (Datura fastuosa) potted plant, organic

$10.00

Family: Nightshade (Solanacea)

Mranaha, Datura fastuosa, Datura metel) Tropical perennial, temperate annual, suitable for any garden in the full sun, overwinters from a dense rootstock in zone 8 and up.  This is an old world datura that was originally collected on the island of Unguja in the Zanzibar archipelago.  The identification of the fastuosa species is made easier by the fact that the stems are dark, intense purple and the pods are warty, purple and not spiny (it might not be so appropriate to call this species a “thornapple” since it has no thorns).  Traditional usage: indigenous people in Zanzibar and East Africa claim that the seeds and/or flowers are brewed in with local beer in order to make it more potent, but this may be an understatement, as datura has the capacity to produce an entirely catatonic state, and should never be ingested.  The flowers are showy, purple-tinged chalices that tend to face straight skyward. They emit a pleasantly narcotic perfume. Plant prefers fast draining soil, little water and full sun.

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  1. Question

    Mary Jo Montagna

    Does this Datura plant produce its own seeds? Or does it hibernate and return next year?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi may jo, technically these are tender perennials. unless grown in the tropics they’re going to act like an annual. they don’t easily self-seed, but you can save seed and get them going again the next year. thats how we made these. richgo

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    James

    I had the same datura plant but I was told it was called devil’s trumpet because the smoke like color combinations of white and purple and trumpeted towards heaven. In turn Angel Trumpet’s(every color known to man) trumpeted down from the angel’s in heaven. I LOVE THIS FLOWERING SHRUB. I was just wondering if this plant has any relationship to the Angel Trumpet? Oh yeah by the way this awesome plant will grow in almost all mediums, and my former backyard can testify to that, heck one 4 foot plant grew in between cracks in my pavers from one seed that just fell through the separation btwn two pavers. I did nothing but water it and restructured my walkway pavers.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi James,
      Thanks for the nice review! The Swahili people who gave me the seed on Zanzibar called it “mranaha,” so that makes it easy for me to keep the devil out of it.
      Richo

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    Phoebe

    Dose this plant come back every year

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      Admin Richo Cech

      They can be herbaceous perennials in Zone 7 and up.

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    • Glen Velez

      I ordered this on 4/20 and got a confirmation. Why did I just get a refund for my order?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      plants looking rough in greenhouse, decided to refund instead of sending a plant that you’d have to nurse into health.

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