Jimsonweed

Datura stramonium

Photo of Jimsonweed
Photo by Dr. John Meade, weed scientist emeritus
Rutgers Cooperative Extension

Note the tree-like shape assumed by this weedy plant of corn and soybean fields as well as pastures. The leaves, when bruised, have a strong, musty odor. The seeds, contained in a spiny capsule, are extremely dangerous. If eaten, they cause serious convulsions and hallucinogenic effects. Mortality is high. Children have been poisoned by sucking the nectar from the large, tubular flower.

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