Cultivating History

Scientific Name: Datura stramonium L.

Family: Solanceae (Nightshade Family)

Common name: Jimson-weed

Description: Rank-smelling, coarse annual herb 1-5 feet tall; flowers July-September.

Range and Habitat: Common throughout the United States along roadsides and in barnyards, fields, vacant lots and other disturbed areas.

In Porcher’s time… Jimson-weed was a well-known narcotic and antispasmodic, employed in mania, epilepsy, chorea, tetanus, and palsy.

See the historical entry on this plant as it appears in Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests

See the contemporary entry on this plant as it appears in the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database