Sacred Datura (Angel's-trumpet; Indian-apple; Moonflower)
Family: Solanaceae – Potato Family
Annual or perennial herbs; poisonous; stems are 11.8” to 3.3' (3 to 10 dm) tall
Leaves: alternate (or subopposite, especially toward the branch ends); simple; can be toothed; 2” to 10” (5 to 25 cm) long
Flowers: 5 united large trumpet-shaped white tubular petals; 5 lobed green tubular sepals; 5 distinct stamens; flowers are ill-scented and open in the evening; 6” to 9.2” (15 to 23 cm) long
Fruits: capsule covered with prickles
Blooms in Arches National Park: May, June, July, August, September, October
Habitat in Arches National Park: desert shrub and pinyon-juniper communities
Location seen: Devils Garden trailhead, Moab
Other: The genus name, “Datura”, is from the Hindu vernacular name “Dhatura”. The species name, “wrightii”, honors American botanical collector, Charles Wright (1811-1885).
This is a poisonous, narcotic plant that can lead to death if eaten.
Did You Know?
Landscape Arch is the longest arch in Arches National Park, measuring 306 feet from base to base. In 1991, a massive slab of rock fell from its underside, resulting in an even thinner ribbon of rock.