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Can someone please identify this flowering plant. Giovanni
Plant Expert Reply:
The plant you have is a Datura stramonium. It is sometimes referred to as a thornapple, Devil's Apple. Jamestown-weed. Jimson-weed. Stinkweed. Devil's Trumpet. Apple of Peru.Â A native of tropical America, it can be found throughout the world, except the colder or Arctic regions.Â In North America, it blooms May Through October.Â I assume in Bermuda (where you live),Â the flowering season is extended.
This beautiful flower is considered a weed in many areas because of the rank odor it produces.Â The smell is not the only undesirable quality of this plant. Although this plant has been used as a medicinal herb ( as an antispasmodic, anodyne and narcotic), the alkaloids produces in this plant can be highly toxic.
All parts of the plant are poisonious. Wash hands after handling the plant and do not rub eyes, nose or mouth until hand have been washed.Â Don't let children or pets ingest this plant.