Trumpet Tree, Purple Horn of Plenty Datura
These leafy very small trees are bushy and usually covered
with large or even very large beautiful softly colored flowers
pointing upwards. The plant is entirely poisonous, flowers,
stems and leaves, and it is said to be responsible for many
Photographed: On the tiled entryway to
our former home in Montserrat and in the border garden
by our den.
Planting and Growth: Plant them in full
sun or in a place with a little shade, then give them
plenty of water and lots of fertilizer.
From: Central America or Southern China
Problems: It is susceptible to spider mites and since the
leaves are soft and furry, it will also be susceptible to the acidic volcanic
ash and acid rain in Montserrat. To treat the insects we used a professional
insecticide sprayer, but ours was filled with soapy water which worked just
fine. Use a light mix of a lemon scented powdered clothes detergent (the simplest
you can find). A light mix might be about 1 teaspoon mixed into one quart of
water. Spray this on in the evening as sometimes the bright tropical sun can
burn plants with a recent wet soapy residue.
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