They're show off flowers for sure :) with huge blooms. It is a shame each blooms for one evening, yet there are always more blooms. At the moment I have 14 buds. I can't wait for every evening to see new blooms.
They hold up even with all the heat we're having this summer. I consider them a keeper in my gardens and when the full moon shines on them they are breath taking!
I took these just before dark last night. I hope you'll enjoy seeing my moon flowers and maybe even plant one for your garden. :)
By Jackie from Salisbury, MD
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Hello Elaine, Mizgwen and gardendreamer, I do know that these flowers are toxic I chose to grow them knowing that I have no small children around, my husband and I will not eat any of the plant even though we have two cats on occasion they'll eat some grass. In the 7 and 6 years they've owned us, I've never seen them eat any flowers. Thank you Elaine for adding that info in your comment, it is a good thing to know. I don't know the difference in Moonflowers and dantura.
gardendreamer and mizgwen I live in zone 7a a few hrs away from DC. :) I transplanted my two moon or daturas from a north garden with southern exposure from 1pm or so that garden got sun all day long. I believe they wouldn't have survived at when I planted the seeds last spring if it wasn't for the fact that I had planted in the back of the flower bed, they didn't grow very much and I only one or two flowers.
I made a mental note to self to move them next year and I have done so. They now are making their home in my North garden with east exposure so they get sun in the morning by 11:oo or 12 o- clock but not that real hot sun. They are rewarding me for my thoughtfulness by spreading out 4' and the height is now almost the same, with no stopping blooms I just love them!
They've held up real well in this heat we've had here this summer they don't demand water either more or less drought resistant another plus for me. My only regret is the moon doesn't shine on them I have large trees that blocks my garden in that area, but they love it there so I will not be transplanting them.
Thanks all for your comments, I hope you gave me a nice thumbs up. :)
Some people call them moonflowers but they are really Datura. You should know that the plant, if ingested by humans or animals is highly toxic. I had them also and got rid of them because some of the seed blew into my veggie garden into a row of mixed lettuce. I did not notice the leaves as the lettuce was a combo of things. I ate some that night in a salad for dinner and after I got extremely dizzy. Had I ingested much more, I hate to think what would have happened. The only reason I know that it was the Datura that made me sick was that the next day, a flower was blooming in the row. So please be careful if you plant this flower!
Jackie, I am sooo jealous. While in D.C., they grew beautifully. In TN, the sun burns them to a crisp. Changed the location this year and they are receiving too much shade.
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