How do I Care for Datura?

Updated February 21, 2017

The datura plant, also called angel's trumpet, jimsonweed and moonflower, grows in warm and temperate climates around the world. The datura plant has a long and varied history, and has been used in medicine to treat everything from haemorrhoids to asthma. The plant has even been used as a hallucinogenic drug. More commonly, however, gardeners grow datura as a house plant or garden flower for its night-blooming white, purple or red flowers and strong scent.

Plant datura seeds or the plant itself in early spring when the temperature is steadily above 15.6 degrees Celsius in your area. If you intend to use datura as a house plant, you can start the plant at any time, as long as your home or the area in which you will keep the plant is steadily above 15.6 degrees Celsius.

Plant or house the datura plant in an area in which it can receive at least six hours of sunlight each day. Datura thrives best in areas of full sunlight, though it can tolerate partial shade if the temperature stays warm at all times.

Water the datura plant regularly or any time the soil begins to dry out or is not moist to the touch. Datura needs a lot of water to grow best.

Drive a stake into the ground next to the datura plant outdoors or in your planting pot. Tie the stem of the plant to the stake with twine or galvanised wire. Datura can grow to be up to four feet tall and will often topple over from its own weight if not properly supported.


Datura will grow in almost any type of soil as long as the grower fulfils the light and water requirements. If you decide to replant datura or to transport it indoors or out, do so in early spring before the growing season begins.


All parts of the datura plant are toxic. Keep datura away from children and pets.

Things You'll Need

  • Datura seeds or plant
  • Water
  • Stake
  • Wire or twine
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Samantha Volz has been involved in journalistic and informative writing for over eight years. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with a minor in European history. In college she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and completed a professional internship with the "Williamsport Sun-Gazette," serving as a full-time reporter. She resides in Horsham, Pennsylvania.